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• Publication Date: 12/05/2013
• Publication Type: Notices
• Fed Register #: 78: 73206-73208
• Standard Number: 1910.266
• Title: Logging Operations; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's [OMB] Approval of the Information Collection [Paperwork] Requirements

[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 234 (Thursday, December 5, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 73206-73208]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-29053]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. OSHA-2010-0041]


Logging Operations; 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.

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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 Logging Operations Standard (29 CFR 1910.266).

DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by 
February 3, 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 
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 a copy of your comments and 
attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA-2010-0041, 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 Information Collection Request (ICR) (OSHA-2010-
0041). 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-
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 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 Logging Operations 
Standard are necessary to reduce workers' risk of death or serious 
injury by requiring employers to assure that operating and maintenance 
instructions are available on machines or in the area where the machine 
is operated. For vehicles, employers must assure that operating and 
maintenance instructions are available for each vehicle.

Maintenance and Operating Instructions (Sec. Sec.  1910.266(f)(1)(iii) 
and (g)(3))

    Under paragraph (f)(1)(iii) and (g)(3) of the Standard, employers 
must assure that operating and maintenance instructions are available 
on machines or in the area where the machine is being operated, and in 
vehicles. For those machines with no operating instructions in the cab, 
the employer will be required to obtain and retain a manual within the 
immediate work area for each machine. Since the Logging Operations 
final rule has been in effect since 1995, OSHA assumes that all 
employers are in compliance with the provision to have operating and 
maintenance instructions available on machines or in the area where the 
machines are being operated.

Certification of Training (Sec.  1910.266(i)(10)(i) and (i)(10)(ii))

    Paragraph (i)(10)(i) requires employers to certify in writing that 
a worker/supervisor received the training the Standard requires. Under 
paragraph (i)(10)(ii), employers need only maintain the most recent 
certification for training that a worker/supervisor has received.

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 
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 Action

    OSHA is requesting that OMB extend its approval of the information 
collection requirements contained in the Logging Operations Standard 
(29 CFR 1910.266). OSHA is proposing to decrease the burden hours in 
its currently approved information collection request from 25,957 
burden hours to 1,622 burden hours (a total decrease of 24,335 hours). 
This decrease is due to updated data showing a decrease in the number 
of establishments affected by the Standard as well as the removal of 
burden hours associated with the requirement that employers provide 
training to workers. Upon further analysis, this provision is not 
considered to be a collection of information under PRA-95. 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: Logging Operations Standard (29 CFR 1910.266).
    OMB Control Number: 1218-0198.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profits.
    Number of Respondents: 8,286.
    Number of Responses: 50,904.
    Frequency of Responses: On occasion.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 1,622 hours.
    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-2010-0041). 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 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 
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. 1-2012 
(77 FR 3912).

    Signed at Washington, DC, on December 2, 2013.
David Michaels,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2013-29053 Filed 12-4-13; 8:45 am]
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