[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]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
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
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
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-
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
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
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,
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
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
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.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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