[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 34 (Thursday, February 20, 2014)][Notices][Pages 9768-9769]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-03595]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2010-0055]
Recordkeeping and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses;
Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of
Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
ACTION: Request for public comments.
SUMMARY: OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to
extend the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of the
information collection requirements contained in the regulation on
Recordkeeping and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (29 CFR
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
April 21, 2014.
Electronically: You may submit comments and attachments
electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal
eRulemaking Portal. Follow the instructions online for submitting
Facsimile: If your comments, including attachments, are not longer
than 10 pages you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-
Mail, hand delivery, express mail, messenger, or courier service:
When using this method, you must submit a copy of your comments and
attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, OSHA Docket No. OSHA-2010-0055,
U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health
Administration, Room N-2625, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington,
DC 20210. Deliveries (hand, express mail, messenger, and courier
service) are accepted during the Department of Labor's and Docket
Office's normal business hours, 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., e.t.
Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and the
OSHA docket number for the Information Collection Request (ICR) (OSHA-
2010-0055). All comments, including any personal information you
provide, are placed in the public docket without change, and may be
made available online at http://www.regulations.gov. For further
information on submitting comments see the "Public Participation"
heading in the section of this notice titled SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Docket: To read or download comments or other material in the
docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov or the OSHA Docket Office at
the address above. All documents in the docket (including this Federal
Register notice) are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index;
however, some information (e.g., copyrighted material) is not publicly
available to read or download from the Web site. All submissions,
including copyrighted material, are available for inspection and
copying at the OSHA Docket Office. You may also contact Theda Kenney at
the address below to obtain a copy of the ICR.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rex Tingle at the Office of
Statistical Analysis, Occupational Safety and Health Administration,
U.S. Department of Labor, Room N3507, 200 Constitution Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20210, telephone: (202) 693-1926 or Todd Owen,
Directorate of Standards and Guidance, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor,
Room N-3609, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210;
telephone (202) 693-2222.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) and 29 CFR part
1904 require that certain employers maintain records of job-related
injuries and illnesses. The injury and illness records are intended to
have multiple purposes. One purpose is to provide data needed by OSHA
to carry out enforcement and intervention activities to secure for
workers a safe and healthful work environment. The data also provides
the Bureau of Labor Statistics information to report on the number and
rate of occupational injuries and illnesses in the country. In
addition, the data informs employers and workers on the kinds of
injuries and illnesses occurring in the workplace and their related
hazards. Increased employer awareness should result in the
identification and voluntary correction of hazardous workplace
conditions. Likewise, workers who are provided information on injuries
and illnesses will be more likely to follow safe work practices and
report workplace hazards. This would generally raise the overall level
of safety and health in the workplace. OSHA currently has approval from
the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the information
collection requirements contained in 29 CFR part 1904. That approval
will expire on May 31, 2014, unless OSHA applies for an extension of
the OMB approval. This notice initiates the process for OSHA to request
an extension of the current OMB approval. This notice also solicits
public comment on OSHA's existing paperwork burden estimates from
interested parties and seeks public responses to several questions
related to the development of OSHA's estimates. Interested parties are
requested to review OSHA's estimates, which are based upon the most
current data available, and to comment on their accuracy or
appropriateness for today's workplaces.
II. Special Issues for Comment
OSHA has a particular interest in comments on the following issues:
Whether the proposed information collection requirements
for the proper performance of the Agency's functions, including whether
the information is useful;
The accuracy of OSHA's estimate of the burden (time and
costs) of the information collection requirements, including the
validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
The quality, utility, and clarity of the information
Ways to minimize the burden on employers who must comply;
for example, by using automated or other technological information
collection and transmission techniques.
III. Proposed Action
OSHA is requesting that OMB extend its approval of the information
collection requirements contained in the regulation at 29 CFR Part
1904, Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. The
Agency is requesting to reduce its current burden hour estimate
associated with this Standard from 2,967,237 to 2,714,085 hours for a
total reduction of 253,152 hours. The Agency will summarize any
comments submitted in response to this notice and will include this
summary in the request to OMB.
Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
Title: Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses
29 CFR part 1904.
OMB Control Number: 1218-0176.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profits; farms; not-for-
profit institutions; state and local government.
Number of Respondents: 1,533,830.
Frequency of Responses: On occasion.
Average Time per Response: 2 hours to complete forms based on the
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 2,714,085.
Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $0.
IV. Public Participation--Submission of Comments on This Notice and
Internet Access to Comments and Submissions
You may submit comments in response to this document as follows:
(1) Electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal
eRulemaking Portal; (2) by facsimile (fax); or (3) by hard copy. All
comments, attachments, and other material must identify the Agency name
and the OSHA docket number for the ICR (Docket No. OSHA-2010-0055). You
may supplement electronic submissions by uploading document files
electronically. If you wish to mail additional materials in reference
to an electronic or facsimile submission, you must submit them to the
OSHA Docket Office (see the section of this notice titled Addresses).
The additional materials must clearly identify your electronic comments
by your name, date, and the docket number so the Agency can attach them
to your comments.
Because of security procedures, the use of regular mail may cause a
significant delay in the receipt of comments. For information about
security procedures concerning the delivery of materials by hand,
express delivery, messenger, or courier service, please contact the
OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-2350, (TTY (877) 889-5627).
Comments and submissions are posted without change at
http://www.regulations.gov. Therefore, OSHA cautions commenters about
submitting personal information such as social security numbers and
date of birth. Although all submissions are listed in the
http://www.regulations.gov index, some information (e.g., copyrighted
material) is not publicly available to read or download from this Web
site. All submissions, including copyrighted material, are available
for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office. Information on
using the http://www.regulations.gov Web site to submit comments and
access the docket is available at the Web site's "User Tips" link.
Contact the OSHA Docket Office for information about materials not
available through the Web site, and for assistance in using the
Internet to locate docket submissions.
V. Authority and Signature
David Michaels, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Secretary of Labor for
Occupational Safety and Health, directed the preparation of this
notice. The authority for this notice is the Paperwork Reduction Act of
1995 (44 U.S.C. 3506 et seq.) and Secretary of Labor's Order No. 1-2012
(77 FR 3912).
Dated: Signed at Washington, DC on February 12, 2014.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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