[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 218 (Thursday, November 10, 2011)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-29065]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2011-0187]
Electrical Standards for Construction and General Industry;
Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of
the Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
ACTION: Request for public comments.
SUMMARY: OSHA solicits public comments concerning its request for an
extension of the information collection requirements contained in the
Electrical Standards for Construction (29 CFR part 1926, Subpart K) and
for General Industry (29 CFR part 1910, Subpart S). The Standards
address safety procedures for installation and maintenance of electric
utilization equipment that prevent death and serious injuries among
construction and general industry workers in the workplace caused by
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
January 9, 2012.
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 a copy of your comments and
attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA-2011-0187, 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 (OSHA-2011-0187) for the Information Collection Request
(ICR). 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.
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 information collection requirements specified by the Electrical
Standards for Construction and for General Industry alert workers to
the presence and types of electrical hazards in the workplace, thereby
preventing serious injury and death by electrocution. The information
collection requirements in these Standards involve the following: The
employer using electrical equipment that is marked with the
manufacturer's name, trademark, or other descriptive markings that
identify the producer of the equipment, and marking the equipment with
the voltage, current, wattage, or other ratings necessary; requiring
each disconnecting means for motors and appliances to be marked legibly
to indicate its purpose, unless located and arranged so the purpose is
evident; requiring the entrances to rooms and other guarded locations
containing exposed live parts to be marked with conspicuous warning
signs forbidding unqualified persons from entering; and, for
construction employers only, establishing and implementing the assured
equipment grounding conductor program instead of using ground-fault
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
cost) 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 proposing to increase the existing burden hours estimated
for the Electrical Standards for Construction and for General Industry.
This increase in burden hours from 151,172 hours to 170,098 hours, a
total increase of 18,926 hours, is due to the increase in the time it
takes to acquire and post signs. The data used is primarily based on
the final economic analysis (FEA) prepared during the revision of the
final rule of 29 CFR part 1910, Subpart S. There was an increase in the
cost of the labels from $2.00 to $3.75 and OSHA has added the cost of
caution and warning signs. The total cost over a five-year period to
the employer is $12,034,166 (or $2,406,833 per year). The Agency will
summarize any comments submitted in response to this notice, and will
include this summary in the request to OMB to extend the approval of
the information collection requirements contained in these Standards.
Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
Title: Electrical Standards for Construction (29 CFR part 1926,
Subpart K) and for General Industry (29 CFR part 1910, Subpart S).
OMB Number: 1218-0130.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profits; Not-for-profit
institutions; Federal Government; State, local, or Tribal governments.
Number of Respondents: 500,000.
Frequency of Response: Occasionally.
Total Responses: 2,511,139.
Average Time per Response: Varies from three minutes (.08 hour) to
post and construct each sign to four hours to document a hazardous
classified location by a certified electrical engineer.
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 170,098.
Estimated Cost Operation and Maintenance): $2,406,833.
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-2011-0187). 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 dates 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
David Michaels, Ph.D., MPH, 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. 5-2010
(75 FR 55355).
Signed at Washington, DC, on November 4, 2011.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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