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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 191 (Wednesday, October 2, 2013)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-23946]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2010-0007]
Regulation on Definition and Requirements for a Nationally
Recognized Testing Laboratory; Revision 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 comments.
SUMMARY: OSHA requests comments concerning its proposed revision and
extension of the information collection requirements specified by its
Regulation at 29 CFR 1910.7, "definition and requirements for a
nationally recognized testing laboratory" (The Regulation). The
Regulation specifies procedures that organizations must follow to apply
for, and to maintain, OSHA's recognition to test and certify equipment,
products, or material for safe use in the workplace.
DATES: Submit comments, information, and documents in response to this
notice, or requests for an extension of time to make a submission, on
or before December 2, 2013.
ADDRESSES: Submit comments by any of the following methods:
Electronically: Submit comments and attachments electronically at
http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal eRulemaking Portal.
Follow the instructions online for making electronic submissions.
Facsimile: If submissions, including attachments, are not longer
than 10 pages, commenters may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at
Regular or express mail, hand delivery, or messenger (courier)
service: Submit a copy of comments and any attachments to the OSHA
Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA-2010-0007, Technical Data Center, Room
N-2625, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-2350 (TDY number: (877) 889-
5627). Note that security procedures may result in significant delays
in receiving comments and other written materials by regular mail.
Contact the OSHA Docket Office for information about security
procedures concerning delivery of materials by express delivery, hand
delivery, or messenger service. The hours of operation for the OSHA
Docket Office are 8:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m., e.t.
Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and the
OSHA docket number for the Information Collection Request (ICR) (OSHA
Docket No. 2010-0007). OSHA will place all submissions, including any
personal information provided, in the public docket without revision,
and these submissions will be available online at http://www.regulations.gov.
Docket: To read or download submissions 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 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.
Contact the OSHA Docket Office for assistance in locating docket
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Theda Kenney (email@example.com) or
Todd Owen (firstname.lastname@example.org), Directorate of Standards and Guidance,
OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N-
3609, Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 693-2222.
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce
paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance consultation
program to provide the public with an opportunity to comment on
continuing information collection requirements in accordance with the
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA-95) (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 from 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 OSHA to 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).
A number of standards issued by OSHA contain requirements that
specify employers use only equipment, products, or material tested or
approved by a nationally recognized testing laboratory (NRTL). These
requirements ensure that employers use safe and efficacious equipment,
products, or materials in complying with the standards. Accordingly,
OSHA promulgated the regulation 29 CFR 1910.7, "definition and
requirements for a nationally recognized testing laboratory" (the
Regulation). The Regulation specifies procedures that organizations
must follow to apply for, and to maintain, OSHA's recognition to test
and certify equipment, products, or material for this purpose.
II. Special Issues for Comment
OSHA has a particular interest in comments on the following issues:
1. Whether the proposed information collection requirements are
necessary for the proper performance of the Agency's functions
including whether is useful;
2. 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;
3. The quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected;
4. Ways to minimize the burden on organizations who must comply;
for example, by using automated or other technological information
collection and transmission techniques.
III. Proposed Actions
OSHA proposes to revise and extend the Office of Management and
Budget's (OMB) approval of the collection of information requirements
specified by the Regulation on the Definition and Requirements of a
Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory. In addition to extending its
current approval by OMB, the Agency proposes to include optional
standardized forms to facilitate and simplify the information
collection process as part of its information collection process. The
optional forms correspond to the application, expansion, and renewal
processes defined in the NRTL Program. Where practicable, the forms
will provide for automations such as drop down lists to increase ease
of use and reduce the information collection burden. The Agency expects
the use of the optional standardized forms to marginally reduce the
burden hours associated with these information collection requirements.
The Agency will summarize the comments submitted in response to this
notice, and will include this summary in its request to OMB to extend
and revise the approval of these information collection requirements.
Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.
Title: Definition and Requirements of a Nationally Recognized
Testing Laboratory (29 CFR 1910.7).
OMB Control Number: 1218-0147.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.
Number of Respondents: 68.
Frequency of Recordkeeping: On occasion.
Total Responses: 68.
Average Time per Response: 160 hours for an organization to prepare
initial recognition applications to 16 hours for an annual site visit.
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 1,458.
Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintain): $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 in the Federal eRulemaking Portal at
http://www.regulations.gov under Docket Number OSHA-2010-0007; (2) by
facsimile (fax); or (3) by hard copy. For further information on
submitting comments by facsimile or in hard copy, please see the
section of this notice entitled ADDRESSES above. All comments,
attachments, and other material must identify the Agency name and the
OSHA docket number for the ICR (Docket No. OSHA-2010-0007). 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
David Michaels, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Secretary of Labor for
Occupational Safety and Health, 200 Constitution Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20210, authorized the preparation of this notice.
Accordingly, the Agency is issuing this notice pursuant to Section
8(g)(2) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (29 U.S.C.
657(g)(2)), Secretary of Labor's Order No. 1-2012 (77 FR 3912, Jan. 25,
2012), and 29 CFR 1910.7. Signed at Washington, DC, on September 26,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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