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• Publication Date: 03/28/2007
• Publication Type: Notice
• Fed Register #: 72:14615-14616
• Standard Number: 1926.502; 1926.503
• Title: Construction Fall Protection Systems Criteria and Practices and Training Requirements; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements

[Federal Register: March 28, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 59)]
[Notices]               
[Page 14615-14616]
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. OSHA-2007-0037]

 
Construction Fall Protection Systems Criteria and Practices and 
Training Requirements; 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.

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SUMMARY: OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to 
extend OMB approval of the information collection requirements 
contained in the construction standards on Fall Protection Systems 
Criteria and Practices (29 CFR 1926.502) and Training Requirements (29 
CFR 1926.503). The Fall Protection Systems Criteria and Practices 
Standard allows employers to develop alternative procedures to the use 
of conventional fall protection systems when the systems are infeasible 
or create a greater hazard. The alternative procedures (plan) must be 
written. Also, employers who use safety net systems may certify that 
the installation meets the Standard's criteria in lieu of performing a 
drop-test on the net. The Training Requirements Standard requires 
employers to prepare training certification records for their 
employees. The plan and certification records ensure that employers 
comply with the requirements to protect employees from falls.

DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by 
May 29, 2007.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
    Electronically: You may submit comments and attachments 
electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal 
eRulemaking Portal. Follow the instructions online for submitting 
comments.
    Facsimile: If your comments, including attachments, are not longer 
than 10 pages, you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-
1648.
    Mail, hand delivery, express mail, messenger, or courier service: 
When using this method, you must submit three copies of your comments 
and attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, OSHA Docket No. OSHA-2007-
0037, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-2625, 200 Constitution Avenue, 
NW., Washington, DC 20210. Deliveries (hand, express mail, messenger, 
and courier service) are accepted during the Department of Labor's and 
Docket Office's normal business hours, 8:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m., e.t.
    Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and OSHA 
docket number for this ICR (OSHA Docket No. OSHA-2007-0037). All 
comments, including any personal information you provide, are placed in 
the public docket without change, and may be made available online at 
http://www.regulations.gov. For further information on submitting 
comments, see the "Public Participation" heading in the section of 
this notice titled "Supplementary Information."
    Docket: To read or download comments or other material in the 
docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov or the OSHA Docket Office at 
the address above. All documents in the docket (including this Federal 
Register notice) are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index; 
however, some information (e.g., copyrighted material) is not publicly 
available to read or download through the website. All submissions, 
including copyrighted material, are available for inspection and 
copying at the OSHA Docket Office. You also may contact Todd Owen at 
the address below to obtain a copy of the ICR.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jamaa N. Hill 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) 693-2222.

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 minimized, collection instruments are understandable, and OSHA's 
estimate of the information collection burden is correct. The 
Occupational Safety and Health Act of the 1970 (the Act) 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 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 
employees. 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 1926.502, 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 employees potentially exposed to 
fall hazards. A competent person must train these employees 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 
employee receiving the training; the date(s) of the training; and the 
signature of the competent person who conducted the training or of the 
employer.

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 
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 that OMB extend its approval of the collection 
of information requirements contained in the construction standards on 
Fall Protection Systems Criteria and Practices (29 CFR 1926.502) and 
Training Requirements (29 CFR 1926.503). OSHA is requesting a 396,975 
hour reduction, from 894,394 hours to 497,419 as a result of new 
information indicating estimates that of the number of safety net 
certifications, safety net installations, and fall protection plans 
should be lowered. The Agency will summarize the comments submitted in 
response to this notice, and will include this summary in its request 
to OMB to extend the approval of these information collection 
requirements.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved information 
collection requirements.
    Title: Construction Fall Protection Systems Criteria and Practices 
(29 CFR 1926.502) and Training Requirements (29 CFR 1926.503).
    OMB Number: 1218-0197.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.
    Number of Respondents: 301,178.
    Frequency of Recordkeeping: On occasion.
    Total Responses: 6,039,818.
    Average Time per Response: Time per response ranges from 5 minutes 
(.08 hour) to certify a safety net to 1 hour to develop a fall 
protection plan.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 497,419.
    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 in response to this document as follows: 
(1) Electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal 
eRulemaking Portal; (2) by facsimile; or (3) by hard copy. All 
comments, attachments, and other material must identify the Agency name 
and the OSHA docket number for this ICR (OSHA-2007-0037). You may 
supplement electronic submissions by uploading document files 
electronically. If you wish to mail additional materials in reference 
to an electronic or facsimile submission, you must submit them to the 
OSHA Docket Office (see the section of this notice titled Addresses). 
The additional materials must clearly identify your electronic comments 
by your full name, date, and docket number so the Agency can attach 
them to your comments.
    Because of security procedures, the use of regular mail may cause a 
significant delay in the receipt of comments. For information about 
security procedures concerning the delivery of materials by hand, 
express delivery, messenger, or courier service, please contact the 
OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-2350 (TTY (877) 889-5627).
    Comments and submissions are posted without change at http://www.regulations.gov.
 Therefore, OSHA cautions commenters about submitting personal information 
such as social security numbers and date of birth. Although all submissions 
are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index, some information (e.g., copyrighted 
material) is not publicly available to read or download through this 
Web site. All submissions, including copyrighted material, are 
available for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office. 
Information on using the http://www.regulations.gov Web site to submit 
comments and access the docket is available at the Web site's "User 
Tips" link. Contact the OSHA Docket Office for information about 
materials not available through the website, and for assistance in 
using the internet to locate docket submissions.
    Electronic copies of this Federal Register document are available 
at http://www.regulations.gov. This document, as well as news releases 
and other relevant information, also are available at OSHA's Web page 
at http://www.osha.gov.

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).

    Signed at Washington, DC on March 20, 2007.
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.,
Assistant Secretary of Labor.
[FR Doc. E7-5597 Filed 3-27-07; 8:45 am]

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