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• Publication Date: 07/31/2008
• Publication Type: Notice
• Fed Register #: 73:44775-44777
• Standard Number: 1915.113(b)(1); 1915.172(d)
• Title: Shipyard Employment Standards; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements

[Federal Register: July 31, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 148)]
[Notices]               
[Page 44775-44777]
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-2008-0024]

 
Shipyard Employment Standards; 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 
Shipyard Employment Standards (29 CFR 1915.113(b)(1) and 29 CFR 
1915.172(d)). The purpose of the collections of information (paperwork) 
provisions of the Standards is to reduce employees' risk of death or 
serious injury by ensuring that equipment has been tested and is in 
safe operating condition.

DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by 
September 29, 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-2008-0024, 
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-2008-0024). 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).
    Test Records for Hooks (paragraph 1915.113(b)(1)). This paragraph 
requires that the manufacturer's recommendations be followed in 
determining the safe working loads of the various sizes and types of 
hooks. If the manufacturer's recommendations are not available, the 
hook must be tested to twice the intended safe working load before it 
is initially put into use. The employer must maintain and keep readily 
available a certification record which includes the date of such test, 
the signature of the person who performed the test, and the identifier 
for the hook which was tested.
    The records are used to assure that equipment has been properly 
tested. The records also provide the most efficient means for the 
compliance officers to determine that an employer is complying with the 
Standard.
    Examination and Test Records for Unfired Pressure Vessels 
(paragraph 1915.172(d)). This paragraph requires that portable, unfired 
pressure vessels not built to the requirements of the American Society 
of Mechanical Engineers Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section VIII, 
Rules for Construction of Unfired Pressure Vessels, 1963 be examined 
quarterly by a competent person and subjected to a yearly hydrostatic 
pressure test. A certification record of such examinations and tests 
shall be maintained.
    The records are used to assure that equipment has been properly 
tested. The records also provide the most efficient means for the 
compliance officers to determine that an employer is complying with the 
Standard. OSHA does not believe that there are any unfired pressure 
vessels not built to the requirements of the American Society of 
Mechanical Engineers Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section VIII, 
Rules for Construction of Unfired Pressure Vessels, 1963 currently in 
use. However, for purposes of completing this ICR, the Agency is 
calculating burden and cost for 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 Shipyard Employment Standards 
(29 CFR 1915.113(b)(1) and 29 CFR 1915.172(d)). OSHA is proposing to 
decrease the existing burden hour estimate for the collection of 
information requirements specified by the Standards from 3,520 hours to 
2,137 hours, a total decrease of 383 hours. This proposed adjustment 
decrease is a result of a decline in the number of establishments from 
717 to 639 based on updated data. 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: Shipyard Employment Standards (29 CFR 1915.113(b)(1) and 29 
CFR 1915.172(d)).
    OMB Number: 1218-0220.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profits; Not-for-profit 
organizations; Federal Government; State, Local, or Tribal Government.
    Number of Respondents: 639.
    Frequency of Response: Annually, Quarterly, On occasion.
    Average Time per Response: Varies from 2 minutes (.03 hour) to 
maintain a certification record to 35 minutes (.58 hour) to obtain 
certain information from a manufacturer.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 3,137.
    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-2008-0024). 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, this 28th day of July 2008.
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. E8-17565 Filed 7-30-08; 8:45 am]

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