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• Publication Date: 03/04/2005
• Publication Type: Notice
• Fed Register #: 70: 10686-10687
• Standard Number: 1926.800; 1926.550
• Title: Submission for OMB Review: Comment Request

[Federal Register: March 4, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 42)]
[Notices]               
[Page 10686-10687]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Office of the Secretary

 
Submission for OMB Review: Comment Request

February 25, 2005.
    The Department of Labor (DOL) has submitted the following public 
information collection requests (ICRs) to the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. chapter 35). A copy of 
each ICR, with applicable supporting documentation, may be obtained by 
contacting Darrin King on (202) 693-4129 (this is not a toll-free 
number) or e-mail: king.darrin@dol.gov.
    Comments should be sent to Office of Information and Regulatory 
Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for the Occupational Safety and Health 
Administration (OSHA), Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, 
Washington, DC 20503, (202) 395-7316 (this is not a toll-free number), 
within 30 days from the date of this publication in the Federal 
Register.
    The OMB is particularly interested in comments which:
     Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, 
including whether the information will have practical utility;
     Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the 
burden of the proposed collection of information, including the 
validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
     Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
     Minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate 
automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting 
electronic submission of responses.
    Agency: Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
    Type of Review: Extension of currently approved collection.
    Title: Underground Construction Standard (29 CFR 1926.800).
    OMB Number: 1218-0067.
    Frequency: On occasion and annually.
    Type of Response: Recordkeeping and third party disclosure.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.
    Number of Respondents: 323.
    Number of Annual Responses: 885,762.
    Estimated Time Per Response: Varies from 30 seconds to read and 
record air-quality test results to one hour to inspect, load test, and 
complete and maintain a certification record for a hoist.
    Total Burden Hours: 57,949.
    Total Annualized capital/startup costs: $0.
    Total Annual Costs (operating/maintaining systems or purchasing 
services): $117,000.
    Description: Seven paragraphs in the Underground Construction 
Standard (``the Standard'') require employers to post warning signs or 
notices during underground construction; these paragraphs are (b)(3), 
(i)(3), (j)(1)(vi)(A), (m)(2)(ii), (o)(2), (q)(11), and (t)(1)(iv)(B). 
The warning signs and notices required by these paragraphs enable 
employers to effectively alert employees to the presence of hazards or 
potential hazards at the job site, thereby preventing employee exposure 
to hazards or potential hazards associated with underground 
construction that could cause death or serious harm.
    Certification inspection records for hoist. Paragraph (t)(i)(xxi) 
of the Standard requires employers to inspect and load test hoists when 
they install them, and at least annually thereafter; they must also 
inspect and load test a hoist after making any repairs or alterations 
to it that affect its structural integrity, and after tripping a safety 
device on the hoist. Employers must also prepare a certification record 
of each inspection and load test that includes specified information, 
and maintain the most recent certification record until they complete 
the construction project.
    Establishing and maintaining a written record of the most recent 
inspection and load test alerts equipment mechanics to problems 
identified during the inspection. Prior to returning the equipment to 
service, employers can review the records to ensure that the mechanics 
performed the necessary repairs and maintenance. Accordingly, by using 
only equipment that is in safe working order, employers will prevent 
severe injury and death to the equipment operators and other employees 
who work near the equipment. In addition, these records provide the 
most efficient means for OSHA compliance officers to determine that an 
employer performed the required inspections and load tests, thereby 
assuring that the equipment is safe to operate.
    Developing and maintaining records for air-quality tests. Paragraph 
(j)(3) of the Standard mandates that employers develop records for air-
quality tests performed under paragraph (j), including air-quality 
tests required by paragraphs (j)(1)(ii)(A) through (j)(1)(iii)(A), 
(j)(1)(iii)(B), (j)(1)(iii)(C), (j)(1)(iii)(D), (j)(1)(iv), 
(j)(1)(v)(A), (j)(1)(v)(B), and (j)(2)(i) through (j)(2)(v). Paragraph 
(j) also requires that air-quality records include specified 
information, and that employers maintain the records until the 
underground-construction project is complete; they must also make the 
records available to OSHA compliance officers on request.
    Maintaining records of air-quality tests allow employers to 
document atmospheric hazards, and to ascertain the effectiveness of 
controls (especially ventilation) and implement additional controls if 
necessary.
    Accordingly, these requirements prevent serious injury and death to 
employees who work on underground-construction projects. In addition, 
these records provide an efficient means for employees to evaluate the 
accuracy and effectiveness of an employer's exposure-reduction program, 
and for OSHA compliance officers to determine that employers performed 
the required tests and implemented appropriate controls.
    Agency: Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
    Type of Review: Extension of currently approved collection.
    Title: Construction Standards on Posting Emergency Telephone 
Numbers and Floor Load Limits.
    OMB Number: 1218-0093.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Type of Response: Third party disclosure.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit; not-for-profit 
institutions; Federal government; and State, local, or tribal 
government.
    Number of Respondents: 74,325.
    Number of Annual Responses: 74,325.
    Estimated Time per Response: 2 minutes for posting an emergency 
telephone number and 15 minutes for posting floor load limits.
    Total Burden Hours: 8,901.
    Total Annualized capital/startup costs: $0.
    Total Annual Costs (operating/maintaining systems or purchasing 
services): $0.
    Description: Two Construction standards, ``Medical Services and 
First Aid'' (Sec. 1926.50), and ``General Requirements for Storage'' 
(Sec. 1926.250), contain posting provisions. Paragraph (f) of Sec. 
1926.50 requires employers to post emergency telephone numbers for 
physicians, hospitals, or ambulances at the worksite if the 911 
emergency telephone services is not available; in the event an employee 
has a serious injury at the worksite, this posting requirement 
expedites emergency medical treatment of the employee. Paragraph (a)(2) 
of Sec. 1926.250 specifies that employers must post the maximum safe 
load limits of floors located in storage areas inside buildings or 
other structures, unless the floors are on grade. This provision 
prohibits employers from overloading floors in areas used to store 
material and equipment in multi-story units that are under 
construction, thereby preventing the floors from collapsing and 
seriously injuring employees.
    Agency: Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
    Type of Review: Extension of currently approved collection.
    Title: Cranes and Derricks Standards for Construction: Posting 
Weight and Load Capacity of Personnel Platforms.
    OMB Number: 1218-0151.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Type of Response: Third party disclosure.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit; not-for-profit 
institutions; Federal government; and State, local, or tribal 
government.
    Number of Respondents: 2,750.
    Number of Annual Responses: 2,750.
    Estimated Time per Response: 5 minutes.
    Total Burden Hours: 229.
    Total Annualized capital/startup costs: $0.
    Total Annual Costs (operating/maintaining systems or purchasing 
services): $0.
    Description: Paragraph (g)(4)(ii)(I) of the Cranes and Derricks 
Standard for Construction (Sec. 1926.550) requires employers to post 
conspicuously with a plate or other permanent marking the weight and 
rated load capacity or maximum intended loads of each platform used to 
raise and lower employees to a worksite using a crane or derrick. This 
requirement helps employers to avoid exceeding the lifting capacity of 
such platforms and the cranes or derrick being used to lift the 
platforms. Therefore, this requirement can prevent the platform, crane, 
or derrick from collapsing and causing serious injury or death to 
employees on or below the platform.

Ira L. Mills,
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 05-4211 Filed 3-3-05; 8:45 am]

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