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Proposed Extension of Approval of Information Collection; Comment Request--Safety Standard for Automatic Residential Garage Door Operators

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Proposed Extension of Approval of Information Collection; Comment Request--Safety Standard for Automatic Residential Garage Door Operators

Todd A. Stevenson
October 4, 2012


[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 193 (Thursday, October 4, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 60686-60687]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-24487]


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CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION

[Docket No. CPSC-2013-0001]


Proposed Extension of Approval of Information Collection; Comment 
Request--Safety Standard for Automatic Residential Garage Door 
Operators

AGENCY: Consumer Product Safety Commission.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 
35), the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or Commission) 
requests comments on a proposed request for extension of approval of a 
collection of information from manufacturers and importers of 
residential garage door operators. The collection of information 
consists of testing and recordkeeping requirements in certification 
regulations implementing the Safety Standard for Automatic Residential 
Garage Door Operators (16 CFR part 1211). The Commission will consider 
all comments received in response to this notice, before requesting 
approval of this extension of a collection of information from the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

DATES: The Office of the Secretary must receive written comments not 
later than December 3, 2012.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. CPSC-2013-
0001, by any of the following methods:

Electronic Submissions

    Submit electronic comments in the following way:
    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the 
instructions for submitting comments.
    To ensure timely processing of comments, the Commission is no 
longer accepting comments submitted by electronic mail (email), except 
through www.regulations.gov.

Written Submissions

    Submit written submissions in the following way:
    Mail/Hand delivery/Courier (for paper, disk, or CD-ROM 
submissions), preferably in five copies, to: Office of the Secretary, 
Consumer Product Safety Commission, Room 502, 4330 East West Highway, 
Bethesda, MD 20814; telephone (301) 504-7923.
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name 
and docket number for this notice. All comments received may be posted

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without change, including any personal identifiers, contact 
information, or other personal information provided, to http://www.regulations.gov. Do not submit confidential business information, 
trade secret information, or other sensitive or protected information 
electronically. Such information should be submitted in writing.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information contact: 
Robert H. Squibb, Consumer Product Safety Commission, 4330 East West 
Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814; (301) 504-7815, or by email to: 
rsquibb@cpsc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In 1990, Congress enacted legislation, under 
provisions of the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) (15 U.S.C. 2051 et 
seq.), requiring that residential garage door operators comply with the 
provisions of a standard published by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) to 
protect against entrapment. The entrapment protection requirements of 
UL Standard 325 are codified into the Safety Standard for Automatic 
Residential Garage Door Operators, 16 CFR Part 1211. Automatic 
residential garage door operators must comply with the latest edition 
of the Commission's regulations at 16 CFR part 1211.
    OMB approved the collection of information concerning the Safety 
Standard for Automatic Residential Garage Door Operators under control 
number 3041-0125. OMB's most recent approval will expire on December 
31, 2012. The Commission now proposes to request an extension of 
approval of this collection of information.

A. Certification Requirements

    Section 203 of Public Law 101-608 requires that UL Standard 325 
shall be considered to be a consumer product safety standard under 
section 9 of the CPSA (15 U.S.C. 2058. The Commission's regulations 
provide that manufacturers and importers of automatic residential 
garage door operators subject to the safety standard shall issue 
certificates of compliance. 16 CFR 1112.20. Section 14(b) of the CPSA 
(15 U.S.C. 2063(b)) authorizes the Commission to issue regulations to 
prescribe a reasonable testing program to support certificates of 
compliance with a consumer product safety standard under the CPSA or 
similar rule, ban, standard, or regulation under any other act enforced 
by the Commission. Section 16(b) of the CPSA (15 U.S.C 2065(b)) 
authorizes the Commission to issue rules to require that firms 
``establish and maintain'' records to permit the Commission to 
determine compliance with rules issued under the authority of the CPSA.
    On December 22, 1992, the Commission issued rules prescribing 
requirements for a reasonable testing program to support certificates 
of compliance with the Safety Standard for Automatic Residential Garage 
Door Operators (57 FR 60449). These regulations also require 
manufacturers, importers, and private labelers of residential garage 
door operators to establish and maintain records to demonstrate 
compliance with the requirements for testing to support certification 
of compliance. 16 CFR Part 1211, Subparts B and C. The Commission uses 
the information compiled and maintained by manufacturers and importers 
of residential garage door operators to protect consumers from risks of 
death and injury resulting from entrapment accidents associated with 
garage door operators. More specifically, the Commission uses this 
information to determine whether the products produced and imported by 
those firms comply with the standard. The Commission also uses this 
information to facilitate corrective action if any residential garage 
door operators fail to comply with the standard in a manner that 
creates a substantial risk of injury to the public.

B. Estimated Burden

    Commission staff estimates that about 23 firms are subject to the 
testing and recordkeeping requirements of the certification 
regulations. Staff estimates that each respondent will spend 40 hours 
annually on the collection of information, for a total of about 920 
hours. The estimated total annual cost to industry is approximately 
$25,429, based on 920 hours x $27.64 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, total 
compensation for all sales and office workers in goods-producing 
private industries: http://www.bls.gov/ncs).
    Commission staff will expend approximately 6 staff months reviewing 
records required to be maintained for automatic residential garage door 
operators. The annual cost to the federal government of the collection 
of information in these regulations is estimated to be $86,031. This 
estimate uses an annual total compensation of $119,238 (the equivalent 
of a GS-14 step 5 employee, with an additional 30.7 percent added for 
benefits.)

C. Request for Comments

    The Commission solicits written comments from all interested 
persons about the proposed collection of information. The Commission 
specifically solicits information relevant to the following topics:

--Whether the collection of information described above is necessary 
for the proper performance of the Commission's functions, including 
whether the information would have practical utility;
--Whether the estimated burden of the proposed collection of 
information is accurate;
--Whether the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be 
collected could be enhanced; and
--Whether the burden imposed by the collection of information could be 
minimized by use of automated, electronic, or other technological 
collection techniques, or other forms of information technology.

    Dated: October 1, 2012.
Todd A. Stevenson,
Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission.
[FR Doc. 2012-24487 Filed 10-3-12; 8:45 am]
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