[Federal Register: April 20, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 75)]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. ICR-1218-0130 (2005)]
Electrical Standards for Construction and General Industry;
Extension of the Office of Managaement and Budget's (OMB) Approval of
the Information-Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
ACTION: Request for public comment.
SUMMARY: OSHA solicits comments concerning its request for an extension
of the information-collection requirements contained in the Electrical
Standards for Construction (29 CFR part 1926, subpart K) and for
General Industry (29 CFR part 1910, subpart S).
DATES: Comments must be submitted by the following dates:
Hard Copy: Your comments must be submitted (postmarked or received)
by June 20, 2005.
Facsimile and electronic transmission: Your comments must be
received by June 20, 2005.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by OSHA Docket No. ICR-
1218-0130 (2005), by any of the following methods:
Regular mail, express delivery, hand-delivery, and messenger
service: Submit your comments and attachments to the OSHA Docket
Office, Room N-2625, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue,
NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-2350 (OSHA's TTY number
is (877) 889-5627). The OSHA Docket Office and Department of Labor
hours of operation are 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., e.t.
Facsimile: If your comments, including any attachments, are 10
pages or fewer, you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at (202)
Electronic: You may submit comments through the internet at http://dockets.osha.gov.
Follow instructions on the OSHA Web page for
Docket: For access to the docket to read or download comments or
background materials, such as the complete Information-Collections
Request (ICR) (containing the Supporting Statement, OMB-83-I Form, and
attachments), go to OSHA's Web page at http://www.OSHA.gov. Comments,
submissions, and the ICR are available for inspection and copying at
the OSHA Docket Office at the address above. You also may contact Todd
Owen at the address below to obtain a copy of the ICR. (For additional
information on submitting comments, please see the ``Public
Participation'' heading in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Todd Owen, Directorate of Standards
and Guidance, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-3609, 200
Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-
I. Submission of Comments on This Notice and Internet Access to
Comments and Submissions
You may submit comments and supporting materials in response to
this document by (1) hard copy, (2) FAX transmission (facsimile), or
(3) electronically through the OSHA Web page. Because of security-
related problems, a significant delay may occur in the receipt of
comments by regular mail. Please contact the OSHA Docket Office at
(202) 693-2350 (TTY (877) 889-5627) for information about security
procedures concerning the delivery of materials by express delivery,
hand delivery, and messenger service.
All comments, submissions, and background documents are available
for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office at the above address.
Comments and submissions posted on OSHA's Web page are available at
http://www.OSHA.gov. Contact the OSHA
Docket Office for information about material not available through the
OSHA Web page, and for assistance using the Web page to locate docket
Electronic copies of this Federal Register notice, as well as other
relevant documents, are available on OSHA's Web page. All submissions
become public; therefore, private information, such as a social
security number, should not be submitted.
The Department of Labor, as part of its 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 information-
collection requirements in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act
of 1995 (PRA-95) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
This program ensures that information is in the desired format,
reporting burden (time and cost) is minimal, collection instruments are
understandable, and OSHA's estimate of the information-collection
burden is accurate. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (the
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
information-collection requirements specified by the Electrical
Standards for Construction and General Industry alert employees to the
presence and types of electrical hazards in the workplace, thereby
preventing serious injury and death by electrocution. The information-
collection requirements in the standards involve the following: the
employer using electrical equipment that is marked by the
manufacturer's name, trademark, or other descriptive markings that
identify the producer of the equipment, and marking the equipment with
the voltage, current, wattage, or other ratings necessary; requiring
each disconnecting means for motors and appliances to be marked legibly
to indicate its purpose, unless located and arranged so the purpose is
evident; requiring the entrances to rooms and other guarded locations
containing exposed live parts to be marked with conspicuous warning
signs forbidding unqualified persons from entering; and, for
construction employers only, establishing and implementing the assured
equipment grounding conductor program instead of using ground-fault
III. 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
cost) of the information-collection requirements, including the
validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
The quality, utility, and clarity of the information; and
Ways to minimize the burden on employers who must comply;
for example, by using automated or other technological information-
collection and -transmission techniques.
IV. Proposed Actions
OSHA is proposing to extend the information-collection requirements
contained in the Electrical Standards for Construction (29 CFR part
1926, subpart K) and General Industry (29 CFR part 1910, subpart S). In
doing so, the Agency is proposing to adjust the total burden hours of
these subparts from 84,803 hours to 13,291 hours. The Agency will
summarize the 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 standards.
Type of Review: Extension of currently approved information-
Title: Electrical Standards for Construction (29 CFR part 1926,
subpart K) and General Industry (29 CFR part 1910, subpart S).
OMB Number: 1218-0130.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profit; Not-for-profit
institutions; Federal government; State, local, or tribal governments.
Number of Respondents: 45,000.
Frequency of Response: Occasionally.
Total Responses: 105,750.
Average Time per Response: Varies from three minutes (.05 hour) to
post and construct each sign to one hour to develop and implement the
assured equipment-grounding program.
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 13,291.
Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $0.
V. Authority and Signature
Jonathan L. Snare, Acting 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), Secretary of Labor's Order No. 5-2002 (6765008).
Signed at Washington, DC on April 12th, 2005.
Jonathan L. Snare,
Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor.
[FR Doc. 05-7941 Filed 4-19-05; 8:45 am]
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