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    Submission for OMB Emergency Review; Comment Request.


Office of the Secretary

Submission for OMB Emergency Review; Comment Request

June 3, 1998.

The Department of Labor has submitted an information collection request (ICR), utilizing emergency review procedures, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). OMB approval has been requested by June 30, 1998. A copy of this ICR with applicable documentation, may be obtained by calling the Department of Labor, Departmental Clearance Officer, Todd R. Owen, (202) 219-5095, Ex. 143.

Addresses: Comments and questions about this ICR should be forwarded to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, Washington, D.C. 20503 ((202) 395-7316).

The Office of Management and Budget is particularly 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, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
  • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarification of the information to be collected; and
  • Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical or other technological means for submission of responses.

Agency: Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Title: Survey on Payment Patters for Occupational Personal Protective Equipment.

OMB Number: 1218-0NEW.

Frequency: Nonrecurring.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit; Not-for-profit institutions; State, Local or Tribal Governments.

Number of Respondents: 6,582.

Estimated Time per Respondent: 6 minutes.

Total Burden Hours: 1,105.

Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0.

Total Burden Cost (operating/maintaining): $0.

Description: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing a change to the language of the existing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) standard, 29 CFR 1910.132. This action is intended to clarify the Agency's longstanding intent that employers are required to pay for most items of PPE. In order to ensure the Agency has sufficient information on this matter, the Agency is planning on conducting a short survey of employers to inquire about their use of PPE and who pays for it currently. Some data from the survey will also be used to support the assigned protection factor portion of its respiratory protection rulemaking (29 CFR 1910.134), as well as its fall protection rulemaking (Subpart M).

Todd R. Owen,

Departmental Clearance Officer.

[FR Doc. 98-15162 Filed 6-5-98; 8:45 am]