[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 245 (Monday, December 21, 2020)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-28067]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2011-0064]
Forging Machines; Extension of the Office of Management and
Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork)
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
ACTION: Request for public comments.
SUMMARY: OSHA solicits public comments concerning the proposal to
extend the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of the
collections of information contained in the Forging Machines Standard.
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
February 19, 2021.
Electronically: You may submit comments and attachments
electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal eRulemaking
Portal. Follow the instructions online for submitting comments.
Facsimile: If your comments, including attachments, are not longer
than 10 pages, you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-
Mail, hand delivery, express mail, messenger, or courier service:
When using this method, you must submit a copy of your comments and
attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA-2011-0064,
Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of
Labor, Room N-3653, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20210.
Please note: While OSHA's Docket Office is continuing to accept and
process submissions by regular mail, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the
Docket Office is closed to the public and not able to receive
submissions to the docket by hand, express mail, messenger, and courier
Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and the
OSHA docket number (OSHA-2011-0064) for the Information Collection
Request (ICR). Because of security-related procedures, submissions by
regular mail may result in a significant delay in receipt.
All comments, including any personal information you provide, such
as social security number and date of birth, are placed in the public
docket without change, and may be made available online at http://www.regulations.gov. For further information on submitting comments,
see the ``Public Participation'' heading in the section of this notice
titled SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Docket: To read or download comments or other materials in the
docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov or the OSHA Docket Office at
the above address. All documents in the docket (including this Federal
Register notice) are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index;
however, some information (e.g., copyrighted material) is not publicly
available to read or download through the website. All submissions,
including copyrighted material, are available for inspection and
copying at the OSHA Docket Office. You may also contact Theda Kenney at
(202) 693-2222 to obtain a copy of the ICR.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Theda Kenney or Seleda Perryman,
Directorate of Standards and Guidance, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor,
telephone (202) 693-2222.
The Department of Labor, as part of the continuing effort to reduce
paperwork and respondent (i.e., employer) burden, conducts a
preclearance consultation program to provide the public with an
opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing collection of
information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44
U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). This program ensures that information is in the
desired format, reporting burden (time and costs) is minimal,
collection instruments are clearly understood, and OSHA's estimate of
the information collection burden is accurate. The Occupational Safety
and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) (29 U.S.C. 651 et seq.)
authorizes information collection by employers as necessary or
appropriate for enforcement of the Act or for developing information
regarding the causes and prevention of occupational injuries,
illnesses, and accidents (29 U.S.C. 657). The OSH Act also requires
that OSHA obtain such information with minimum burden upon employers,
especially those operating small businesses, and to reduce to the
maximum extent feasible, unnecessary duplication of efforts in
obtaining information (29 U.S.C. 657).
The following sections describe who uses the information collected
under each requirement, as well as how they use it. The purpose of
these requirements is to reduce employees' risk of death or serious
injury by ensuring that forging machines used by them are in safe
operating condition, and that employees are able to clearly and
properly identify manually operated valves and switches.
Inspection of Forging Machines, Guards, and Point-of-Operation
Protection Devices (paragraphs (a)(2)(i) and (a)(2)(ii)). Paragraph
(a)(2)(i) requires employers to establish periodic and regular
maintenance safety checks, and to develop and maintain a certification
record of each inspection. The certification record must include the
date of inspection, the signature of the person who performed the
inspection, and the serial number (or other identifier) of the forging
machine inspected. Under paragraph (a)(2)(ii), employers are to
schedule regular and frequent inspections of guards and point-of-
operation protection devices, and prepare a certification record of
each inspection that contains the date of the inspection, the signature
of the person who performed the inspection, and the serial number (or
other identifier) of the equipment inspected. These inspection
certification records provide assurance to employers, employees, and
OSHA compliance officers that forging machines, guards, and point-of-
operation protection devices have been inspected, and will operate
properly and safely, to prevent impact injury and death to employees
during forging operations. These records also provide the most
efficient means for the compliance officers to determine that an
employer is complying with the Standard.
Identification of Manually Controlled Valves and Switches
(paragraphs (c), (h)(3), (i)(1) and (i)(2)). These paragraphs require
proper and clear identification of manually operated valves and
switches on presses, upsetters, boltheading equipment, and rivet-making
machines, respectively. Marking valves and switches provide information
to employees to ensure that they operate the forging machines correctly
and safely. The agency determined that it is usual and customary for
manufacturers to mark (for example, ``On'' and ``Off,'' and ``Open''
and ``Close,'' etc.) all manually controlled valves and switches to
meet the requirements of the American National Standards Institute's
(ANSI) standards. Therefore, OSHA is taking no burden hours or cost for
these paperwork requirements.
Disclosure of Records. OSHA determined that employers disclosing
information to OSHA during an inspection is outside the scope of the
PRA because OSHA would only review records in the context of an open
investigation of a particular employer to determine compliance with the
Standard. See 5 CFR 1320.4(a)(2).
II. Special Issues for Comment
OSHA has a particular interest in comments on the following issues:
Whether the proposed information collection requirements
are necessary for the proper performance of the agency's functions,
including whether the information is useful;
The accuracy of OSHA's estimate of the burden (time and
costs) of the information collection requirements, including the
validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
The quality, utility, and clarity of the information
Ways to minimize the burden on employers who must comply;
for example, by using automated or other technological information
collection and transmission techniques.
III. Proposed Actions
OSHA is requesting that OMB extend the approval of the information
collection requirements contained in the Forging Machines Standard (29
CFR 1910.218). The agency is requesting an adjustment increase in the
number of burden hours from 192,053 hours to 384,106.67 hours, a total
increase of 192,953.67 burden hours. The increase is primarily due to a
review of the previously approved ICR showing an error in burden
The agency will summarize any comments submitted in response to
this notice and will include this summary in the request to OMB to
extend the approval of the information collection requirements
contained in the Standard.
Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
Title: Forging Machines (29 CFR 1910.218).
OMB Number: 1218-0228.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profits.
Number of Respondents: 27,700.
Total Responses: 1,440,400.
Frequency of Responses: On occasion.
Average Time per Response: Varies.
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 384,106.67.
Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $0.
IV. Public Participation--Submission of Comments on This Notice and
Internet Access to Comments and Submissions
You may submit comments in response to this document as follows:
(1) Electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal
eRulemaking Portal; (2) by facsimile (fax); or (3) by hard copy. Please
note: While OSHA's Docket Office is continuing to accept and process
submissions by regular mail, due to the COVD-19 pandemic, the Docket
Office is closed to the public and not able to receive submissions to
the docket by hand, express mail, messenger, and courier service. All
comments, attachments, and other materials must identify the agency
name and the OSHA docket number (Docket No. OSHA-2011-064) for the ICR.
You may supplement electronic submissions by uploading document files
electronically. If you wish to mail additional materials in reference
to an electronic or facsimile submission, you must submit them to the
OSHA Docket Office (see the section of this notice titled ADDRESSES).
The additional materials must clearly identify your electronic comments
by your name, date, and the docket number so the agency can attach them
to your comments.
Due to security procedures, the use of regular mail may cause a
significant delay in the receipt of comments.
Comments and submissions are posted without change at http://www.regulations.gov. Therefore, OSHA cautions commenters about
submitting personal information such as social security numbers and
dates of birth. Although all submissions are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index, some information (e.g., copyrighted
material) is not publicly available to read or download through this
All submissions, including copyrighted material, are available for
inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office. Information on using
the http://www.regulations.gov website to submit comments and access
the docket is available at the website's ``User Tips'' link. Contact
the OSHA Docket Office for information about materials not available
through the website, and for
assistance in using the internet to locate docket submissions.
V. Authority and Signature
Loren Sweatt, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for
Occupational Safety and Health, directed the preparation of this
notice. The authority for this notice is the Paperwork Reduction Act of
1995 (44 U.S.C. 3506 et seq.) and Secretary of Labor's Order No. 5-2007
(72 FR 31159).
Signed at Washington, DC, on December 16, 2020.
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety
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