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||Logging Operations; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
[Federal Register: August 22, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 162)]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2007-0018]
Logging Operations; Extension of the Office of Management and
Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork)
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
its Standard on Logging Operations (29 CFR 1910.266).
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
October 22, 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, OSHA Docket No. OSHA-2007-
0018, 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., EST.
Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and OSHA
docket number for the ICR (OSHA-2007-0018). 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
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 Theda Kenney at
the address below to obtain a copy of the ICR.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Theda Kenney 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)
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).
Paragraph (f)(1)(iii) of the Standard requires the employer to
assure that operating and maintenance instructions are available on
machines or in the area where the machine is being operated. Paragraph
(g)(3) requires the employer to assure that operating and maintenance
instructions are available in each vehicle.
Paragraph (i)(1) of the Standard requires employers to provide
training for each employee, including supervisors. To meet this
requirement, employers must conduct the training at the frequencies
specified by paragraph (i)(2). Paragraph (i)(3) specifies that an
employee's/supervisor's training must consist of the following
elements: Safe work practices, including the use, operation, and
maintenance of tools, machines, and vehicles the employee/supervisor
uses or operates, as well as procedures, practices, and requirements of
the employer's worksite; recognition and control of health and safety
hazards associated with the employee's/supervisor's specific work tasks
and logging operations in general; and the requirements of the
Paragraph (i)(10)(i) specifies that employers must verify that they
are in compliance with the training requirements in paragraph (i). This
certification must be in writing and provide the following information:
The name/identifier of the employee/supervisor; the date(s) of the
training; and either the signature of the employer or the individual
who conducted the training. Paragraph (i)(10)(ii) requires employers to
maintain the most recent certification for training completed by an
Training employees/supervisors in safe work practices and to
recognize and control the safety and health hazards associated with
their work tasks and overall logging operations enables them to prevent
serious accidents by using specific procedures and equipment in a safe
manner to avoid or to control dangerous exposures to these hazards.
Establishing and maintaining written certification of the training
that each employee/supervisor has received (i.e., job and first aid)
assures the employer that the training specified by the Standard has
been conducted, and at the required frequencies. With regard to first-
aid training, the certification assures that the employee's/
supervisor's training certificate is currently valid. In addition,
these records provide the most efficient means for an OSHA compliance
officer to determine whether an employer performed the required
training at the necessary and appropriate frequencies.
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 Standard on Logging Operations
(29 CFR 1910.266). The Agency is requesting to increase its existing
burden hours from 30,751 hours to 31,286 hours for a total increase of
535 hours. 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 a currently approved collection.
Title: Logging Operations (29 CFR 1910.266).
OMB Number: 1218-0198.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.
Number of Respondents: 11,447.
Frequency of Recordkeeping: Initially; on occasion.
Average Time per Response: Varies from 1 minute (.02 hour) to
maintain training certification records to 3 hours to conduct initial
Total Annual Hours Requested: 31,286.
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-2007-0018). 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
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
Signed at Washington, DC, on August 15, 2007.
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. E7-16437 Filed 8-21-07; 8:45 am]
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