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Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
Request for public comment.
OSHA solicits public comment concerning its request for an extension of the information collection requirement contained in its Standard on Telecommunications (Training Certification Records) (29 CFR 1910.268(c)).
Comments must be submitted by the following dates:
Hard copy: Your comments must be submitted (postmarked or received) by September 20, 2005.
Fascimile and electronic transmission: Your comments must be received by September 20, 2005.
You may submit comments, identified by OSHA Docket No. ICr+1218-0225(2005), by any of the followint methods:
Regular mail, express delivery, hand delivery, and messenger service: Submit your comments and attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, Room N-265, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 693-2350 (OSHA's TTY number is (877) 889-5627). OSHA Docket Office and Department of Labor hours are 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., ET.
Facsimile: If your comments are 10 pages or fewer in length, including attachments, you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-1648.
Electronic: You may submit comments through the Internet at http://ecomments.osha.gov. Follow instructions on the OSHA Web page for submitting comments.
Docket: For access to the docket to read and download comments or background materials, such as the complete information Collection Request (ICR) (containing the Supporting Statement, OMB-83 I Form, and attachments), go to OSHA's Web page at http://OSHA.gov. In addition, the ICR, comments, and submissions are available for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office at the address above. You also may contact Theda Kenney at the address below to obtain a copy of the ICR. For additional information on submitting comments, please see the “Public Participation” heading in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Theda Kenney or Todd Owen, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, OSHA, Room N-3609, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210, telephone: (202) 693-2222.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing efforts 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 (PRA-95) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
This program ensures that information is in the desired format, Start Printed Page 42392reporting 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 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 Telecommunications Standard at 29 CFR 1910.268(c) specifies one information collection requirement. The following section describes who uses the information collected under the requirement as well as how they use it. The purpose of this requirement is to ensure that employees have been trained as required by the Standard to prevent risk of death or serious injury.
Training (paragraph (c)). Under the paperwork requirement specified by paragraph (c) of the Standard, employers must certify that his or her employees have been trained as specified by the performance-language training provision of the Standard. Specifically, employers must prepare a certification record which includes the identity of the person trained, the signature of the employer or the person who conducted the training, and the date the training was completed. The certification record shall be prepared at the completion of training and shall be maintained on file for the duration of the employee's employment. The information collected would be used by employers as well as compliance officers to determine whether employees have been trained according to the requirements set forth in 29 CFR 1910.268(c).
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 costs) 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 Actions
OSHA proposes to extend the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of the collection of information (paperwork) requirement contained in the Standard of Telecommunications (Training Certification Records) (29 CFR 1910.268(c)). The Agency will summarize the comments submitted in response to this notice, and will include this summary in its request to OMB to extend the approval of the collection of information requirement contained in the Standard.
Type of Review: Extension of currently approved information collection requirement.
Title: Telecommunications (Training Certification Records) (29 CFR 1910.268(c)).
OMB Number: 1218-0225.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profits; not-for-profit organizations; Federal government; State, local, or tribal government.
Number of Respondents: 651.
Frequency of Response: On occasion.
Total Responses: 140,050.
Average Time Per Response: 2 minutes (.03 hour) to generate or disclose training certification records.
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 4,202.
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 and supporting materials in response to this notice by (1) hard copy, (2) fax transmission (facsimile), or (3) electronically through the OSHA Web page. Because of security-related problems, a significant delay may occur in the receipt of comments by regular mail. Please contact the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-2350 (TTY (877) 889-5627) for information about security procedures concerning the delivery of submissions by express delivery, hand delivery, and courier service.
All comments, submissions and background documents are available for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office at the above address. Comments and submissions posted on OSHA's Webpage are available at http://www.OSHA.gov. Contact the OSHA Docket Office for information about materials not available through the OSHA Web page and for assistance using the Web page to locate docket submissions.
Electronic copies of this Federal Register notice, as well as other relevant documents, are available on OSHA's Webpage. Since all submissions become public, private information such as social security numbers should not be submitted.
V. Authority and Signature
Jonathan L. Snare, Acting 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. 5-2002 (67 FR 65008).Start Signature
Signed at Washington, DC, on July 15, 2005.
Jonathan L. Snare,
Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor.
[FR Doc. 05-14539 Filed 7-21-05; 8:45 am]
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