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    Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Recordkeeping and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses
[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 102 (Wednesday, May 28, 2014)][Notices][Pages 30654-30655]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-12299]



Office of the Secretary

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB 
Review; Comment Request; Recordkeeping and Reporting Occupational 
Injuries and Illnesses

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: On May 30, 2014, the Department of Labor (DOL) will submit the 
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sponsored 
information collection request (ICR) titled, "Recordkeeping and 
Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses," to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for continued use, 
without change, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 
(PRA), 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. Public comments on the ICR are invited.

DATES: The OMB will consider all written comments that the agency 
receives on or before June 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 May 31, 2014) or by contacting Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-
4129, TTY 202-693-8064, (these are not toll-free numbers) or by email 
at 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: Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-
4129, TTY 202-693-8064, (these are not toll-free numbers) or by email 
at DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This ICR seeks to extend PRA authority for 
the Recordkeeping and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses 
information collection. The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHAct) 
and regulations 29 CFR part 1904 prescribe that certain employers 
maintain records of job related injuries and illnesses. The OSHA uses 
the information to carry out enforcement and intervention activities to 
secure for workers a safe and healthful work environment. The data also 
provide 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 inform 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 receive 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. The OSHAct authorizes this 
information collection. See 29 U.S.C. 657, 673.
    The OSHA is currently engaged in two rulemakings that would modify 
29 CFR part 1904 requirements: (1) Improve Tracking of Workplace 
Injuries and Illnesses (78 FR 67254) and (2) NAICS Update and reporting 
Revisions (76 FR 36414). A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking has been 
published for each, and the public comment period for each rulemaking 
has ended. The OSHA is currently developing a final rule for each 
project. As previously noted, this ICR is a request to extend PRA 
authorization for the injury and illness recordkeeping requirements 
currently in effect. This ICR does not incorporate any changes from the 
proposed rules. Any further changes resulting from rulemaking would be 
approved under the PRA by a different ICR submitted to the OMB under 
procedures applicable to an ICR associated with ongoing rulemaking 
activity. See 5 CFR 1320.11 and 1320.12
    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 1218-0176.
    OMB authorization for an ICR cannot be for more than three (3) 
years without renewal, and the current approval for
this collection is scheduled to expire on May 31, 2014. The DOL seeks 
to extend PRA authorization for this information collection for three 
(3) more years, without any change to existing requirements. The DOL 
notes that existing information collection requirements submitted to 
the OMB receive a month-to-month extension while they undergo review. 
For additional substantive information about this ICR, see the related 
notice published in the Federal Register on February 20, 2014 (79 FR 
    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 June 30, 2014. In order to help ensure 
appropriate consideration, comments should mention OMB Control Number 
1218-0176. 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: Recordkeeping and Reporting Occupational 
Injuries and Illnesses.
    OMB Control Number: 1218-0176.
    Affected Public: State, Local, and Tribal Governments and Private 
Sector--businesses or other for-profits, farms, and not-for-profit 
    Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,533,830.
    Total Estimated Number of Responses: 5,961,893.
    Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 2,714,085 hours.
    Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $0.

    Dated: May 21, 2014.
Michel Smyth,
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2014-12299 Filed 5-27-14; 8:45 am]