[Federal Register: July 2, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 126)]
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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.
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.
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
Facsimile: If your comments, including attachments, are not longer
than 10 pages, you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-
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-
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
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
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
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
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
Title: Material Hoists, Personnel Hoists, and Elevators (29 CFR
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
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
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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