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    Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Confined and Enclosed Spaces and Other Dangerous Atmospheres in Shipyard Employment
[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 146 (Friday, July 29, 2011)][Notices][Pages 45620-45621]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-19219]



Office of the Secretary

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB 
Review; Comment Request; Confined and Enclosed Spaces and Other 
Dangerous Atmospheres in Shipyard Employment

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Occupational 
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sponsored information 
collection request (ICR) titled, "Confined and Enclosed Spaces and 
Other Dangerous Atmospheres in Shipyard Employment," to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for continued use 
in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (Pub. L. 
104-13, 44 U.S.C. chapter 35).

DATES: Submit comments on or before August 29, 2011.

ADDRESSES: A copy of this ICR with applicable supporting documentation; 
including a description of the likely respondents, proposed frequency 
of response, and estimated total burden may be obtained from the 
RegInfo.gov Web site, http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain, on the 
day following publication of this notice or by contacting Michel Smyth 
by telephone at 202-693-4129 (this is not a toll-free number) or 
sending an e-mail to DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.
    Submit comments about this request to the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for the Department of Labor, 
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Office of 
Management and Budget, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, Telephone: 
202-395-6929/Fax: 202-395-6881 (these are not toll-free numbers), e-
mail: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Contact Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-
4129 (this is not a toll-free number) or by e-mail at DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Confined and Enclosed Spaces and Other 
Dangerous Atmospheres in Shipyard Employment Standards of 29 CFR part 
1915 require that employers: (1) Ensure competent persons conduct 
inspections and atmospheric testing prior to workers entering a 
confined or enclosed space (Sec.  1915.12(a)-(c)); (2) warn workers not 
to enter hazardous spaces and other dangerous atmospheres (Sec. Sec.  
1915.12 (a)-(c), 1915.16); (3) train workers who will be entering 
confined or enclosed spaces and certify such training has been provided 
(Sec.  1915.12(d)); (4) establish and train shipyard rescue teams or 
arrange for outside rescue teams and provide them with information 
(Sec.  1915.12(e)); (5) ensure one person on each rescue team maintains 
a current first aid training certificate (Sec.  1915.12(e)); (6) 
exchange information regarding hazards, safety rules, and emergency 
procedures concerning these spaces and atmospheres with other employers 
whose workers may enter these spaces and atmospheres (Sec.  
1915.12(f)); (7) ensure testing of spaces having contained combustible 
or flammable liquids or gases and toxic, corrosive, or irritating 
substances, and other dangerous atmospheres, boundaries or pipelines 
before cleaning and other cold work is started and as necessary 
thereafter while the operations are ongoing (Sec.  1915.13(b)(2) and 
(4)); (8) post signs prohibiting ignition sources within or near a 
space that contains bulk quantities of flammable or combustible liquids 
or gases (Sec.  1915.13(b)(10)); (9) ensure confined and enclosed 
spaces are tested before workers perform hot work in these work areas 
(Sec.  1915.14(a)); (10) post warnings of testing conducted by 
competent persons and certificates of testing conducted by a Marine 
Chemist or Coast Guard authorized person in the immediate vicinity of 
the hot-work operation while the operation is in progress (Sec.  
1915.14(a) and (b)); and (11) retain certificates of testing on file 
for at least three months after completing the operation (Sec.  
    These information collections are subject to the PRA. A Federal 
agency generally cannot conduct or sponsor a collection of information, 
and the public is generally not required to respond to an information 
collection, unless it is approved by the OMB under the PRA and displays 
a currently valid OMB Control Number. In addition, notwithstanding any 
other provisions of law, no person shall generally be subject to 
penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information if the 
collection of information does not display a valid OMB Control Number. 
See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 1320.6. The DOL obtains OMB approval for this 
information collection under OMB Control Number 1218-0011. The current 
OMB approval is scheduled to expire on August 31, 2011; however, it 
should be noted that existing information collection requirements 
submitted to the OMB receive a month-to-month extension while they undergo 
review. For additional information, see the related notice published in 
the Federal Register on March 29, 2011 (76 FR 17448).
    Interested parties are encouraged to send comments to the OMB, 
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the address shown in 
the ADDRESSES section within 30 days of publication of this notice in 
the Federal Register. In order to help ensure appropriate 
consideration, comments should reference OMB Control Number 1218-0011. 
The OMB is particularly interested in comments that:
     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, including the 
validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
     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, including through the use of appropriate 
automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting 
electronic submission of responses.
    Agency: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
    Title of Collection: Confined and Enclosed Spaces and Other 
Dangerous Atmospheres in Shipyard Employment.
    OMB Control Number: 1218-0011.
    Affected Public: Private Sector--Businesses or other for-profits.
    Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 639.
    Total Estimated Number of Responses: 1,905,700.
    Total Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 312,764.
    Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $0.

    Dated: July 25, 2011.
Michel Smyth,
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2011-19219 Filed 7-28-11; 8:45 am]