[Federal Register: September 14, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 178)]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. ICR-1218-0190(2006)]
Electrical Protective Equipment Standard and the Electric Power
Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Standard; Extension of the
Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information
Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
ACTION: Request for public comment.
SUMMARY: OSHA solicits public comment concerning its request for an
extension of the information collection requirements specified by its
standards on Electrical Protective Equipment (29 CFR 1910.137) and
Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution (29 CFR
DATES: Comments must be submitted by the following dates:
Hard copy: Your comments must be submitted (postmarked or received)
by November 13, 2006.
Facsimile and electronic transmission: Your comments must be
received by November 13, 2006.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by OSHA Docket No. ICR-
1218-0190(2006) 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). OSHA Docket Office and Department of Labor hours
are 8:15 am. to 4:45 p.m., e.t.
Facsimile: If your comments are 10 pages or fewer, including
attachments, you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-
Electronic: You may submit comments through the Internet at http://ecomments.osha.gov.
Follow instructions on the OSHA Web page for submitting comments.
Docket: For access to the docket to read or download comments or
background materials, such as the complete Information Collection
Request (ICR) (containing the Supporting Statement, OMB-83-I Form, and
attachments), go to OSHA's Web page at http://www.OSHA.gov. In
addition, the ICR, comments and submissions are available for
inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office at the address above.
You may also contact Theda Kenney at the address below to obtain a copy
of the ICR. For additional information on submitting comments, please
see the ``Public Participation'' section in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Theda Kenney or 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)
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 (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 (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 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).
Electrical Protective Equipment Standard (Sec. 1910.137)
Testing Certification (Sec. 1910.137(b)(2)(xii)).
Employers must certify that the electrical protective equipment
used by their employees have passed the tests specified in paragraphs
(b)(2)(viii), (b)(2)(ix), and (b)(2)(xi) of the standard. The
certification must identify the equipment that passed the tests and the
dates of the tests. This provision ensures that electrical protective
equipment is reliable and safe for employee use and will provide
adequate protection against electrical hazards. In addition,
certification enables OSHA to determine if employers are in compliance
with the equipment-testing requirements of the standard.
Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Standard
Training Certification (Sec. 1910.269(a)(2)(vii)).
This provision requires employers to certify that each employee
received the training specified in paragraph (a)(2) of the standard.
Employers must provide certification after an employee demonstrates
proficiency in the work practices involved.
The training conducted under paragraph (a)(2) of the standard must
ensure that: Employees are familiar with the safety-related work
practices, safety procedures, and other procedures, as well as any
additional safety requirements in the standard that pertain to their
respective job assignments; employees are familiar with any other
safety practices, including applicable emergency procedures (such as
pole top and manhole rescue), addressed specifically by this standard
that relate to their work and are necessary for their safety; and
qualified employees have the skills and techniques necessary to
distinguish exposed live parts from other parts of electric equipment,
can determine the nominal voltage of the exposed live parts, know the
minimum approach distances specified by the standard for voltages when
exposed to them, and understand the proper use of special precautionary
techniques, personal protective equipment, insulating and shielding
materials, and insulated tools for working on or near exposed and
energized parts of electric equipment.
Employees must receive additional training or retraining if: the
supervision and annual inspections required by the standard indicate
that they are not complying with the required safety-related work
practices; new technology or equipment, or revised procedures, require
the use of safety-related work practices that differ from their usual
safety practices; and they use safety-related work practices that are
different than their usual safety practices while performing job
The training requirements of this standard inform employees of the
safety hazards of electrical exposure and provide them with the
understanding required to minimize these safety hazards. In addition,
employees received proper training in safety-related work practices,
safety procedures, and other safety requirements specified in the
standard. The required training, therefore, provides information to
employees that enables them to recognize how and where electrical
exposures occur, and what steps to take, including work practices, to
limit such exposure. The certification requirement specified by
paragraph (a)(2)(vii) of the standard helps employers monitor the
training their employees received and helps OSHA determine if employers
provided the required training to their employees.
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 OMB to extend their approval of the collection
of information requirements contained in the standards on Electrical
Protective Equipment (29 CFR 1910.137) and Electric Power Generation,
Transmission, and Distribution (29 CFR 1910.269). The Agency is
requesting an increase in burden hours for the existing collection of
information requirements from 22,685 to 30,533 (a total increase of
7,848 hours). The Agency will summarize the comments submitting in
response to this notice, and will include this summary in its request
Type of Review: Extension of currently approved information
Title: Electrical Protective Equipment (29 CFR 1910.137) and
Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution (29 CFR
OMB Number: 1218-0190.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.
Number of Respondents: 20,765.
Frequency: On occasion; Semi-annually; Annually.
Average Time per Response: Varies from one minute (.02 hour) for a
clerical employee to maintain training certification records to 15
minutes (.25 hour) to test a batch of gloves or sleeves.
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 30,533.
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 and supporting materials in response to
this notice by (1) hard copy, (2) fax transmission (facsimile), or (3)
electronically through the OSHA Web page. Because of security-related
problems, there may be a significant delay 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 submissions by express delivery, hand
delivery, and courier 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 materials not available through the OSHA Web page and
for assistance using the Web page to locate docket submissions.
Electronic copies of this Federal Register notice as well as other
relevant documents are available on OSHA's Web page. Since all
submissions become public, private information such as social security
numbers should not be submitted.
V. Authority and Signature
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., 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. 5-2002 (67 FR
Signed at Washington, DC, on September 8, 2006.
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.,
Assistant Secretary of Labor.
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