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• Publication Date: 06/23/2008
• Publication Type: Notice
• Fed Register #: 73:35414-35415
• Standard Number: 1910.218
• Title: Forging Machines; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements

[Federal Register: June 23, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 121)]
[Notices]               
[Page 35414-35415]
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-2008-0018]
 
Forging Machines; 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 comments concerning its proposal to extend OMB 
approval of the information collection requirements contained in the 
Forging Machines Standard (29 CFR 1910.218). The paperwork provisions 
of the Standard specify requirements for developing and maintaining 
inspection records, and identifying manually operated valves and 
switches.

DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by 
August 22, 2008.

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-2008-0018, 
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., e.t.
    Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and OSHA 
docket number for the ICR (OSHA-2008-0018). 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 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 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) 
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 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 sections describe who uses the information collected 
under each requirement, as well as how they use it. The purpose of 
these requirements is to reduce employees' risk of death or serious 
injury by ensuring that forging machines used by them are in safe 
operating condition, and that they are able to clearly and
properly identify manually operated valves and switches.
    Inspection of Forging Machines, Guards, and Point-of-Operation 
Protection Devices (paragraphs (a)(2)(i) and (a)(2)(ii)). Paragraph 
(a)(2)(i) requires employers to establish periodic and regular 
maintenance safety checks, and to develop and maintain a certification 
record of each inspection. The certification record must include the 
date of inspection, the signature of the person who performed the 
inspection, and the serial number (or other identifier) of the forging 
machine inspected. Under paragraph (a)(2)(ii), employers are to 
schedule regular and frequent inspections of guards and point-of-
operation protection devices, and prepare a certification record of 
each inspection that contains the date of the inspection, the signature 
of the person who performed the inspection, and the serial number (or 
other identifier) of the equipment inspected. These inspection 
certification records provide assurance to employers, employees, and 
OSHA compliance officers that forging machines, guards, and point-of-
operation protection devices have been inspected, assuring that they 
will operate properly and safely, thereby preventing impact injury and 
death to employees during forging operations. These records also 
provide the most efficient means for the compliance officers to 
determine that an employer is complying with the Standard.
    Identification of Manually Controlled Valves and Switches 
(paragraphs (c), (h)(3), (i)(1) and (i)(2)). These paragraphs require 
proper and clear identification of manually operated valves and 
switches on presses, upsetters, boltheading equipment, and rivet-making 
machines, respectively. Marking valves and switches provide information 
to employees to ensure that they operate the forging machines correctly 
and safely.

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 Standard on Forging Machines 
(29 CFR 1910.218). The Agency is requesting to retain its current 
burden hour estimate of 187,264 hours associated with this Standard. 
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: Forging Machines (29 CFR 1910.218).
    OMB Number: 1218-0228.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profits.
    Number of Respondents: 27,700.
    Frequency: Biweekly.
    Average Time per Response: Varies from 2 minutes (.03 hour) for an 
employer to disclose certification records to 8 minutes (.13 hour) for 
a manufacturing employee to conduct an inspection of each forging 
machine and guard or point-of-operation protection device biweekly.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 187,264.
    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-2008-0018). 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 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. 5-2007 (72 FR 
31159).

    Signed at Washington, DC, on June 12, 2008.
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. E8-14074 Filed 6-20-08; 8:45 am]

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