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• Publication Date: 07/02/2007
• Publication Type: Notice
• Fed Register #: 72:36066-36068
• Standard Number: 1926.552
• Title: Material Hoists, Personnel Hoists, and Elevators; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements

[Federal Register: July 2, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 126)]
[Notices]               
[Page 36066-36068]
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-2007-0054]

 
Material Hoists, Personnel Hoists, and Elevators; 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 specified in 
the Material Hoists, Personnel Hoists, and Elevators Standard (29 CFR 
1926.552). The Standard is designed to protect employees who operate 
and work around personnel hoists.

DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by 
August 31, 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-2007-0054, 
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-2007-0054). 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 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 describes who uses the information collection 
requirements contained in the Material Hoists, Personnel Hoists, and 
Elevators Standard.

Posting Requirements

    Paragraph (a)(2) requires that the rated load capacities, 
recommended operating speeds, and special hazard warnings or 
instructions be posted on cars and platforms.
    Paragraph (b)(1)(i) requires that operating rules for material 
hoists be established and posted at the operator's station of the 
hoist. These rules shall include signal system and allowable line speed 
for various loads.
    Paragraph (c)(10) requires that cars be provided with a capacity 
and data plate secured in a conspicuous place on the car or crosshead.
    These posting requirements are used by the operator and crew of the 
material and personnel hoists to determine how to use the specific 
machine and how much it will be able to lift as assembled in one or a 
number of particular configurations. If not properly used, the machine 
would be subject to failures, endangering the employees in the 
immediate vicinity.

Test and Inspection and Certification Records

    Paragraph (c)(15) requires that a test and inspection of all 
functions and safety devices be made following assembly and erection of 
hoists. The test and inspection are to be conducted under the 
supervision of a competent person. A similar inspection and test is 
required following major alteration of an existing installation. All 
hoists shall be inspected and tested at three-month intervals. A 
certification record (the most recent) of the test and inspection is 
required to be kept on file, including the date the test and inspection 
was completed, the identification of the equipment and the signature of 
the person who performed the test and inspection. This certification 
ensures that the equipment has been tested and is in safe operating 
condition.

Disclosure of Test and Inspection Certification Records

    The most recent certification record will be disclosed to a CSHO 
during an OSHA inspection. Disclosing the certification record to the 
CSHO demonstrates the employer's compliance with this provision.

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 Material Hoists, Personnel 
Hoists, and Elevators Standard (29 CFR 1926.552). 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: Material Hoists, Personnel Hoists, and Elevators (29 CFR 
1926.552).
    OMB Number: 1218-0231.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.
    Number of Respondents: 26,547.
    Frequency: On occasion; weekly; monthly; quarterly.
    Average Time per Response: Varies from 2 minutes (.03 hour) for a 
supervisor to disclose test and inspection certification records to 30 
minutes (.50 hour) for a construction worker to obtain and post 
information for hoists.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 30,282.
    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-2007-0054). 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 25, 2007.
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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