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||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)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-29053]
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)
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 Logging Operations Standard (29 CFR 1910.266).
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
February 3, 2014.
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-2010-0041, 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-
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)
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
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.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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