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• Publication Date: 06/22/2007
• Publication Type: Notice
• Fed Register #: 72:34483-34485
• Standard Number: 1926.251
• Title: Construction Records for Rigging Equipment; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements

[Federal Register: June 22, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 120)]
[Notices]               
[Page 34483-34485]
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-2007-0055]

Construction Records for Rigging Equipment; 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 comment concerning its proposal to extend 
OMB approval of the information collection requirements contained in 
paragraphs (b)(1), (b)(6)(i), (b)(6)(ii), (c)(15)(ii), (e)(1)(i), (ii), 
and (iii) and (f)(2) of the Rigging Equipment for Construction Standard 
(29 CFR 1926.251). These paragraphs require affixing identification 
tags or markings on rigging equipment, developing and maintaining 
inspection records, and retaining proof-testing certificates.

DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by 
August 20, 2007.

ADDRESSES:
    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, Docket No. OSHA-2007-0055, 
U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health 
Administration, 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. to 4:45 p.m., e.t.
    Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and OSHA 
docket number for the ICR (OSHA-2007-0055). 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 Web site. All submissions, 
including copyrighted material, are available for inspection and 
copying at the OSHA Docket Office. You may also contact Stewart 
Burkhammer at the address below to obtain a copy of the ICR.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stewart Burkhammer, Directorate of 
Construction, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-3468, 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 OSH Act) (29 U.S.C. 651 
et seq.) authorizes information collection by employers as necessary or 
appropriate for enforcement of the OSH 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).
    The following section identifies and describes the information 
collection requirements contained in the Rigging Equipment in 
Construction Standard (i.e., "the Standard"). The purpose of each of 
these requirements is to prevent employees from using defective or 
deteriorated equipment, thereby reducing their risk of death or serious 
injury caused by equipment failure during material handling.

 Alloy Steel Chains, Paragraph (b)

    Paragraph (b)(1) requires that alloy steel chains have permanently 
affixed durable identification tags stating size, grade, rated capacity 
and sling manufacturer. Paragraph (b)(6)(i) requires the employer to 
make a thorough periodic inspection of alloy steel chain slings in use 
on a regular basis, but at least once a year. Paragraph (b)(6)(ii) 
requires the employer to make and maintain a record of the most recent 
month in which each alloy steel chain was inspected and make the record 
available for examination.

 End Attachments, Paragraph (c)

    Paragraph (c)(15)(ii) requires that all welded end attachments of 
wire rope slings be proof-tested by the manufacturer at twice their 
rated capacity prior to initial use, and that the employer retain a 
certificate of the proof test and make it available for examination.

 Synthetic Webbing (Nylon, Polyester, and Polypropylene), 
Paragraph (e)

    Paragraphs (e)(1)(i), (ii), and (iii) require that synthetic web 
slings be marked or coded to show the manufacturer's name or trademark, 
the rated capacity for the type of hitch and the type of synthetic 
webbing material.

 Shackles and Hooks, Paragraph (f)

    Paragraph (f)(2) requires that all hooks for which no applicable 
manufacturer's recommendations are available be tested twice before 
they are put into use. The employer shall maintain a record of the 
dates and results of the tests.

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 information 
collection requirements contained in the Rigging Equipment Standard (29 
CFR 1926.251). The Agency will summarize the comments submitted in 
response to this notice and will include this summary in the request to 
OMB.
    Type of Review: Extension of currently approved information 
collection requirements.
    Title: Rigging Equipment for Material Handling (29 CFR 
1926.25(b)(1), (b)(6)(i), (b)(6)(ii), (c)(15)(ii), (e)(1)(i), (ii), and 
(iii), and (f)(2).
    OMB Number: 1218-0233.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.
    Number of Respondents: 1,327,370.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Average Time Per Response: Average 3 minutes (.05 hour) for an 
employer to maintain and disclose a certificate to 30 minutes (.50 
hour) for an employer to acquire information and make a tag for a 
sling.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 56,335.
    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 (FAX); or (3) by hard copy. All 
comments, attachments, and other material must identify the Agency name 
and the OSHA docket number for the ICR (Docket No. OSHA-2007-0055). 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 name, date, and the 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 Web site, and for assistance 
in using the Internet to locate docket submissions.

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 June 14, 2007.
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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