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OSHA Solicits Comments on NRTL Burden of Information Collection

New York, Jan 16, 2007

As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is seeking comment on its proposed extension of information-collection requirements for nationally recognized testing laboratories. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 authorizes information collection as necessary for the enforcement of the Act, or for gathering information on the causes and prevention of occupational injuries, illnesses, and accidents.

To ensure worker and workplace safety, a number of OSHA standards stipulate the use of equipment, products, and materials that have been tested or approved by a nationally recognized testing laboratory (NRTL). Accordingly, OSHA outlines a set of procedures that laboratories must follow to apply for and maintain OSHA recognition to carry out such testing and certification in 29 CFR 1910.7, Definition and Requirements for a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory. The agency estimates an eighty burden hour increase as a result of additional annual on-site reviews at NRTL facilities.

In particular, OSHA is interested in comments which:

  • evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;
  • evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information;
  • enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and
  • minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond through the use of appropriate forms of information technology

The affected public includes business and other for-profit organizations; not-for-profit institutions; and federal, state, and local government. For additional information or instructions on submitting comments, please view the original January 5, 2007, Federal Register notice.

Comments may be submitted either electronically to, or by fax (202.693.1648) through March 6, 2007.

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