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    Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request: Definition and Requirements for a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory
[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 248 (Thursday, December 26, 2013)][Notices][Pages 78386-78387]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-30810]



Office of the Secretary

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB 
Review; Comment Request: Definition and Requirements for a Nationally 
Recognized Testing Laboratory

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: On December 31, 2013, the Department of Labor (DOL) will 
submit the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 
sponsored information collection request (ICR) revision titled, 
"Definition and Requirements for a Nationally Recognized Testing 
Laboratory" to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review 
and approval for use, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995 (PRA), 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.

DATES: Submit comments on or before January 30, 2014.

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 free of charge 
from the RegInfo.gov Web site at 
(this link will only become active 
on January 1, 2014) or by contacting Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-
693-4129 (this is not a toll-free number) or sending an email to DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.
    Submit comments about this request by mail or courier to the Office 
of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for DOL-
OSHA, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20503; by Fax: 202-395-6881 (this is not a toll-free 
number); or by email: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov. Commenters are 
encouraged, but not required, to send a courtesy copy of any comments 
by mail or courier to the U.S. Department of Labor-OASAM, Office of the 
Chief Information Officer, Attn: Departmental Information Compliance 
Management Program, Room N1301, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20210; or by email: DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.

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

    Authority:  44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The ICR seeks to maintain PRA authority for 
the information collection requirements specified in regulations 29 CFR 
1910.7, Definition and Requirements for a Nationally Recognized Testing 
Laboratory (NRTL), and to revise the collection by adding optional-use 
standardized forms to facilitate and to simplify the information 
collection process. A number of OSHA standards contain requirements for 
equipment, products, or materials. These standards often specify that a 
covered employer use only equipment, products, or materials tested or 
approved by a NRTL. This requirement helps to ensure an employer uses 
safe equipment, products, or materials in complying with the standards. 
Accordingly, the OSHA promulgated a regulation to specify procedures 
that an organization must follow to apply for and to maintain OSHA 
recognition to test and to certify equipment, products, or material for 
this purpose. The optional forms correspond to the application, 
expansion, and renewal processes defined in the NRTL Program. The 
Occupational Safety and Health Act authorizes the information 
collection provisions. See 29 U.S.C. 651 and 657.
    This information collection is 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 that 
does not display a valid Control Number. See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 
1320.6. The DOL obtains OMB approval for this information collection 
under Control

Number 1218-0147. The current approval is scheduled to expire on 
December 31, 2013; however, the DOL notes that existing information 
collection requirements submitted to the OMB receive a month-to-month 
extension while they undergo review. New requirements would only take 
effect upon OMB approval. For additional substantive information about 
this ICR, see the related notice published in the Federal Register on 
October 2, 2013 (78 FR 60898).
    Interested parties are encouraged to send comments to the OMB, 
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the address shown in 
the ADDRESSES section by January 30, 2014. In order to help ensure 
appropriate consideration, comments should mention OMB Control Number 
1218-0147. 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: DOL-OSHA.
    Title of Collection: Definition and Requirements of a Nationally 
Recognized Testing Laboratory.
    OMB Control Number: 1218-0147.
    Affected Public: Private Sector--business or other for-profits.
    Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 68.
    Total Estimated Number of Responses: 128.
    Total Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 1,458.
    Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $0.

    Dated: December 20, 2013.
Michel Smyth,
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-30810 Filed 12-24-13; 8:45 am]