[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 51 (Tuesday, March 17, 2015)][Notices]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-06045]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Office of the Secretary
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB
Review; Comment Request; Occupational Safety and Health Act Variance
SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sponsored information
collection request (ICR) revision titled, "Occupational Safety and
Health Act Variance Regulations," to the Office of Management and
Budget (OMB) for review and approval for use in accordance with the
Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (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 April 16, 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 sending an email to
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: Contact Michel Smyth by telephone at
202-693-4129, TTY 202-693-8064, (these are not toll-free numbers) or
sending an email to DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.
Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D).
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This ICR seeks approval under the PRA for
revisions to the Occupational Safety and Health Act (Osh Act) Variance
Regulations information collection. The OSH Act allows a covered
employer to apply for four (4) different types of variances from the
requirements of OSH Act standards. An employer submits a variance
application that specifies an alternative means of complying with the
requirements of applicable standards to the Agency. The OSHA has
developed an information collection for four different optional-use
forms (Forms OSHA-5-30-1, OSHA-5-30-2, OSHA-5-30-3, and OSHA-5-30-4)
that employers might use as templates in applying for variances. While
use of the forms is optional, employers are required to submit an
application that includes all elements specified in regulations 29 CFR
part 1905 in order to receive consideration for a variance. This
information collection has been classified as a revision, because the
OSHA is including Web-based variance application forms in this
submission. OSH Act sections 2(b)(9), 6, 8(c), and 16 authorize this
information collection. See 29 U.S.C. 651(b)(9), 655, 657(c), and 665.
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 1218-0265. The current approval is scheduled to expire on March
31, 2015; 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 August 20,
2014 (79 FR 49342).
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 1218-0265.
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.
Title of Collection: Occupational Safety and Health Act Variance
OMB Control Number: 1218-0265.
Affected Public: Private sector--businesses or other for-profits.
Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 12.
Total Estimated Number of Responses: 12.
Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 366 hours.
Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $0.
Dated: March 11, 2015.
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2015-06045 Filed 3-16-15; 8:45 am]
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