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• Publication Date: 10/27/2006
• Publication Type: Notice
• Fed Register #: 71:63037-63039
• Standard Number: 11926.453
• Title: Aerial Lifts; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirement

[Federal Register: October 27, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 208)]
[Notices]               
[Page 63037-63039]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. ICR-1218-0216(2007)]
 
Aerial Lifts; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's 
(OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirement

AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.

ACTION:  Request for public comment.

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SUMMARY: OSHA solicits public comment concerning its request for an 
extension of the information collection requirement contained in the 
Aerial Lifts Standard.

DATES: Comments must be submitted by the following dates:
    Hard copy: Your comments must be submitted (postmarked or received) 
by December 26, 2006.
    Facsimile and electronic transmission: Your comments must be 
received by December 26, 2006.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by OSHA Docket No. ICR-
1218-0216(2007), 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 a.m. 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-
1648.
    Electronic: You may submit comments through 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 Michael Buchet 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: Michael Buchet, Directorate of 
Construction, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N3468, 200 
Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-
2020.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

    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 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).
    Employers who modify an aerial lift for uses other than those 
provided by the manufacturer must obtain a certificate from the 
manufacturer or equivalent entity certifying that the modification is 
in conformance with applicable ANSI standards and this Standard, and 
the equipment is as safe as it was prior to the modification. The 
manufacturer's certification demonstrates to interested parties that 
the manufacturer or an equally qualified entity assessed a modified 
aerial lift and found that it was safe for use by, or near, employees, 
and would provide employees with a level of protection equivalent to 
the protection afforded by the lift prior to modification.

II. Special Issues for Comment

    OSHA has a particular interest in comments on the following issues:
     Whether the proposed information collection requirement is 
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 
collected; and
     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 requirement contained in the Aerial Lifts Standard. The 
Agency is requesting a nine hour decrease as a result of reestimating 
the number of inspections where employers will provide OSHA these 
certificates. The Agency will summarize the comments submitted in 
response to this notice, and will include this summary in its request 
to OMB.
    Type of Review: Extension of currently approved information 
collection requirements.
    Title: Manufacturer's Certification of Modifications Made to 
Construction Aerial Lifts (29 CFR 1926.453).
    OMB Number: 1218-0216.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.
    Number of Respondents: 62.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Average Time Per Response: Six minutes (.06 hour).
    Estimated Total Burden hours: 6 hours.
    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 
65008).

    Dated: Signed at Washington, DC, on October 20, 2006.
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.,
Assistant Secretary of Labor.
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