[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 17 (Tuesday, January 27, 2015)][Notices]
[Pages 4318-4319]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-01352]



Office of the Secretary

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

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Occupational 
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sponsored information 
collection request (ICR) titled, "General Provisions and Confined and 
Enclosed Spaces and Other Dangerous Atmospheres in Shipyard Employment 
Standards" 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 agency receives 
on or before February 26, 2015.

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 the day following publication of 
this notice) 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 
    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: 202-395-5806 (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 General Provisions and Confined and Enclosed Spaces and Other 
Dangerous Atmospheres in Shipyard Employment Standards information 
collection requirements codified in regulations 29 CFR part 1915. The 
Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHAct) requires an employer who is 
subject to the Standards: (1) to ensure a competent person conducts 
inspections and atmospheric testing prior to a worker entering a 
confined or enclosed space (Sec.  1915.12(a)-(c)); (2) to warn workers 
not to enter a hazardous space or other dangerous atmosphere 
(Sec. Sec.  1915.12 (a)-(c), 1915.16); (3) to train a worker who will 
be entering a confined or enclosed space and certify such training has 
been provided (Sec.  1915.12(d)); (4) to establish and train shipyard 
rescue teams or arrange for outside rescue teams and provide them with 
information (Sec.  1915.12(e)); (5) to ensure one person on each rescue 
team maintains a current first aid training certificate (Sec.  
1915.12(e)); (6) to 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) to ensure testing of a space having 
contained a combustible or flammable liquid or gas or toxic, corrosive, 
or irritating substance, or other dangerous atmosphere, boundary or 
pipeline before cleaning or other cold work is started and, as 

necessary thereafter, while the operation is ongoing (Sec.  
1915.13(b)(2) and (4)); (8) to post signs prohibiting ignition sources 
within or near a space that contains bulk quantities of a flammable or 
combustible liquid or gas (Sec.  1915.13(b)(10)); (9) to ensure a 
confined or enclosed space is tested before a worker performs hot work 
in the work area (Sec.  1915.14(a)); (10) to post warnings of testing 
conducted by a competent person 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) to retain the certificate of 
testing on file for at least three months after completing the 
operation (Sec.  1915.14(a)(2)). OSHAct sections 2(b), 6, and 8 
authorize this information collection. See 29 U.S.C. 651(b), 655, & 
    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 1218-0011.
    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 January 31, 2015. 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 October 22, 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 within thirty (30) days of publication of this 
notice in the Federal Register. In order to help ensure appropriate 
consideration, comments should mention 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: DOL-OSHA.
    Title of Collection: General Provisions and 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: 2,759.
    Total Estimated Number of Responses: 2,098,133.
    Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 338,981 hours.
    Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $0.

    Dated: January 21, 2015.
Michel Smyth,
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2015-01352 Filed 1-26-15; 8:45 am]