[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 66 (Tuesday, April 7, 2015)][Notices][Pages 18647-18649]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-07937]



Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. OSHA-2011-0008]

Standard on Commercial Diving Operations; 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 OMB approval of the information collection requirements 
specified in the Standard on Commercial Diving Operations (29 CFR part 
1910, subpart T).

DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) June 
8, 2015.

    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, Docket No. OSHA-2011-0008, 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 (OSHA-2011-0008) for the Information Collection 
Request (ICR). 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: Theda Kenney 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-


I. Background

    The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce 
paperwork and respondent (i.e., employer) burden, conducts a 
preclearance consultation program to provide the public with an 
opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing information 
collection requirements in accord with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995 (PRA-95) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). This program ensures that 
information is in the desired format, reporting burden (time and costs) 
is minimal, collection instruments are clearly understood, and OSHA's 
estimate of the information collection burden is accurate. The 
Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (the OSH Act) (29 U.S.C. 651 
et seq.) authorizes information collection by employers as necessary or 
appropriate for enforcement of the Act or for developing information 
regarding the causes and prevention of occupational injuries, 
illnesses, and accidents (29 U.S.C. 657). The OSH Act also requires 
that OSHA obtain such information with minimum burden upon employers, 
especially those operating small businesses, and to reduce to the 
maximum extent feasible unnecessary duplication of efforts in obtaining 
information (29 U.S.C. 657).
    The following provisions of the Commercial Diving Operations 
Standards (the "Standards") contain paperwork requirements: 
Sec. Sec.  1910.401(b); 1910.410(a)(3) and (a)(4); 1910.420(a) and (b); 
1910.421(b), (f), and (h); 1910.422(e); 1910.423(b)(1)(ii) through 
(b)(2), (d), and (e); 1910.430(a), (b)(4), (c)(1)(i), (c)(3)(i), 
(f)(3)(ii), and (g)(2); and 1910.440(a)(2) and (b). These provisions 
require that employers: Notify OSHA if they deviate from the 
operational requirements of the Standards; train every diver in 
cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid, and mixed-gas divers (and 
those who control exposure of divers to mixed-gas breathing conditions) 
in diving-related physics and physiology; develop and make available to 
employees a safe practices manual; maintain a list of emergency 
telephone or call numbers at the diving location; brief dive team 
members on diving-related tasks, safety procedures, hazards, and 
revisions to operating procedures; display a code flag "A" if diving 
from a surface other than a vessel in navigable waters; develop and 
maintain a depth-time profile for each dive; and instruct divers on 
reporting diving-related illnesses and injuries, and the procedures 
specified for detecting, treating, and preventing these problems.
    The Standards also mandate that employers: Record and maintain 
diving logs that contain required information; investigate and provide 
a written evaluation of, any incident involving decompression sickness; 
mark diving umbilicals as required; inspect, test, and calibrate 
specified diving equipment; record modifications, repairs, tests, 
calibrations, and maintenance performed on any diving equipment; make a 
record of diving-related injuries and illnesses that result in a diver 
remaining in a hospital for over 24 hours; and create, and disclose to 
specified parties on request, the written records required by the 
Standard, and maintain these records for specified periods.
    The Standards' paperwork requirements allow employers to deviate 
from established diving practices and tailor diving operations to 
unusually hazardous diving conditions, and to analyze diving records 
(including hospitalization and treatment records) for information they 
can use to improve diving operations. These requirements are also a 
direct and efficient means for employers to inform dive-team members 
about diving-related hazards, procedures to use in avoiding and 
controlling these hazards, and recognizing and treating diving-related 
illnesses and injuries. Additionally, employers can review equipment 
records to ensure that employees performed the required actions, and 
that the equipment is in safe working order.
    Disclosing these records to employees and their designated 
representatives permits them to identify operational and equipment 
conditions that may contribute to diving accidents or diving-related 
medical conditions.

II. Special Issues for Comment

    OSHA has a particular interest in comments on the following issues:
     Whether the proposed information collection requirements 
are necessary 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 
collected; and
     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 Actions

    OSHA is requesting an adjustment decrease of 81 burden hours from 
205,096 to 205,015 hours. The Agency is no longer calculating burden 
hours or costs for employers who provide information to the compliance 
officers during an OSHA inspection; inspections are outside the scope 
of PRA-95. 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: Commercial Diving Operations Standard (29 CFR part 1910, 
subpart T).
    OMB Control Number: 1218-0069.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits; Not-for-profit 
institutions; Federal Government; State, Local or Tribal Governments.
    Number of Respondents: 3,000.
    Frequency of Responses: On occasion; annually.
    Total Responses: 3,996,377.
    Average Time per Response: Varies from five minutes (.08 hour) for 
employers to maintain records to 12 hours for employers to update their 
compliance plans.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 205,015.
    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 (Docket No. OSHA-2011-0008) for the ICR. 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 
from 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).

    Signed at Washington, DC, on April 2, 2015.
David Michaels,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2015-07937 Filed 4-6-15; 8:45 am]