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||The Hydrostatic Testing Provision of the Portable Fire Extinguishers Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's [OMB] Approval of the Information Collection [Paperwork] Requirements
[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 227 (Monday, November 25, 2013)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-28074]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2010-0025]
The Hydrostatic Testing Provision of the Portable Fire
Extinguishers Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and
Budget's (OMB) Approval of the Information Collection (Paperwork)
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
ACTION: Request for public comments.
SUMMARY: OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to
extend the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of the
information collection requirements contained in the Hydrostatic
Testing provision of the Portable Fire Extinguishers Standard for
General Industry (29 CFR 1910.157(f)(16)).
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
January 24, 2014.
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
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-2010-0025, 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 the
OSHA docket number for the Information Collection Request (ICR) (OSHA-
2010-0025). 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: Todd Owen or Theda Kenney, Directorate
of Standards and Guidance, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-3609,
200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 693-
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 accord 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 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).
The collections of information contained in the Hydrostatic Testing
Provision of the Portable Fire Extinguishers Standard are necessary to
reduce workers' risk of death or serious injury by ensuring that
portable fire extinguishers are in safe operating condition. The
following paragraphs describe who uses the information in the testing
certification record, as well as how they use it.
Test Records (Sec. 1910.157(f)(16))
Paragraph (f)(16) requires employers to develop and maintain a
certification record of hydrostatic testing of portable fire
extinguishers. The certification record must include the date of
inspection, the signature of the person who performed the test, and the
serial number (or other identifier) of the fire extinguisher that was
Disclosure of Test Certification Records
The certification record must be available to the Assistant
Secretary or his/her representative upon request. The certification
record provides assurance to employers, workers, and OSHA compliance
officers that the fire extinguishers have been hydrostatically tested
in accord with and at the intervals specified in Sec. 1910.157(f)(16),
thereby ensuring that they will operate properly in the event workers
need to use them. Additionally, these records provide the most
efficient means for the compliance officers to determine that an
employer is complying with the hydrostatic testing 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
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 requesting that OMB extend its approval of the information
collection requirements contained in the Hydrostatic Testing Provision
of the Portable Fire Extinguishers Standard for General Industry (29
CFR 1910.157(f)(16)). OSHA is proposing to increase the burden hours in
its currently approved information collection request from 124,084
burden hours to 125,986 burden hours (a total increase of 1,902 hours).
This increase is due to updated data showing an increase in the number
of firms affected by the 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: The Hydrostatic Testing Provision of the Portable Fire
Extinguishers Standard (29 CFR 1910.157(f)(16)).
OMB Control Number: 1218-0218.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profits.
Number of Responses: 9,205,000.
Frequency of Responses: On occasion.
Average Time per Response: Ranges from one minute (.02 hour) to
maintain the certification records to 33 minutes (.55 hour) to test an
extinguisher, and generate and maintain the certification record.
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 125,986 hours.
Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $16,952,542.
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-2010-0025). 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 publically 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
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. 1-2012
(77 FR 3912).
Signed at Washington, DC, on November 19, 2013.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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