[Federal Register Volume 88, Number 182 (Thursday, September 21, 2023)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2023-20395]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB
Review; Comment Request; Construction Fall Protection Systems Criteria,
Practices, and Training Requirements
ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.
SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting this Occupational
Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)-sponsored information collection
request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for
review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of
1995 (PRA). Public comments on the ICR are invited.
DATES: The OMB will consider all written comments that the agency
receives on or before October 23, 2023.
ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed
information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of
this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Find this particular
information collection by selecting ``Currently under 30-day Review--
Open for Public Comments'' or by using the search function.
Comments are invited on: (1) whether the collection of information
is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the
Department, including whether the information will have practical
utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency's estimates of the burden and
cost of the collection of information, including the validity of the
methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality,
utility and clarity of the information collection; and (4) ways to
minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are
to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or
other forms of information technology.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nicole Bouchet by telephone at 202-
693-0213, or by email at DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Standards on Construction Fall
Protection Systems Criteria and Practices (29 CFR 1926.502) and
Training Requirements (29 CFR 1926.503) ensure that employers provide
the required fall protection for their workers. Accordingly, these
standards have the following paperwork requirements: Paragraphs
(c)(4)(ii) and (k) of 29 CFR 1926.502, which specify certification of
safety nets and development of fall protection plans, respectively, and
paragraph (b) of 29 CFR 1926.503, which requires employers to certify
training records. The training certification requirement specified in
paragraph (b) of 29 CFR 1926.503 documents the training provided to
workers potentially exposed to fall hazards in construction. A
competent person must train these workers to recognize fall hazards and
in the use of procedures and equipment that minimize these hazards. An
employer must verify compliance with this training requirement by
preparing and maintaining a written certification record that contains
the name or other identifier of the worker receiving the training, the
date(s) of the training, and the signature of the competent person who
conducted the training, or of the employer. For additional substantive
information about this ICR, see the related notice published in the
Federal Register on May 26, 2023 (88 FR 34186).
This information collection is subject to the PRA. A Federal agency
generally cannot conduct or sponsor a collection of information, and
the public is generally not required to respond to an information
collection, unless the OMB approves it and displays a currently valid
OMB Control Number. In addition, notwithstanding any other provisions
of law, no person shall generally be subject to penalty for failing to
comply with a collection of information that does not display a valid
OMB Control Number. See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 1320.6.
DOL seeks PRA authorization for this information collection for
three (3) years. OMB authorization for an ICR cannot be for more than
three (3) years without renewal. The DOL notes that information
collection requirements submitted to the OMB for existing ICRs receive
a month-to-month extension while they undergo review.
Title of Collection: Construction Fall Protection Systems Criteria,
Practices, and Training Requirements.
OMB Control Number: 1218-0197.
Affected Public: Private Sector--Businesses or other for-profits.
Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 406,714.
Total Estimated Number of Responses: 6,072,808.
Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 506,903 hours.
Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $0.
(Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D))
Acting Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2023-20395 Filed 9-20-23; 8:45 am]
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