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    Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Walking-Working Surfaces Standard
[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 123 (Monday, June 27, 2016)][Notices][Pages 41597-41598]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-15102]



Office of the Secretary

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB 
Review; Comment Request; Walking-Working Surfaces Standard

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Occupational 
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sponsored information 
collection request (ICR) titled, "Walking-Working Surfaces Standard,"
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 July 27, 2016.

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 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: 202-395-5806 (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.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This ICR seeks to extend PRA authority for 
the Walking-Working Surfaces Standard information collection 
requirements codified in regulations 29 CFR part 1910, subpart D. The 
information collection requirements in the Standard protect workers by 
making them aware of load limits of the floors of buildings, defective 
portable metal ladders, and the specifications of outrigger scaffolds 
used. Specifically, regulations 29 CFR 1910.22(d)(1) requires that in 
every building or other structure, or part thereof, used for 
mercantile, business, industrial, or storage purposes, the loads 
approved by the building official be marked on plates of approved 
design that shall be supplied and securely affixed by the owner of the 
building, or a duly authorized agent, in a conspicuous place in each 
space to which they relate. Such plates shall not be removed or defaced 
but, if lost, removed, or defaced, shall be replaced by the owner or 
his agent. Under section 1910.26(c)(2)(vii), portable metal ladders 
having defects must be marked and taken out of service until repaired 
by either the maintenance department or the manufacturer. Section 
1910.28(e)(3) specifies that, unless outrigger scaffolds are designed 
by a licensed professional engineer, they shall be constructed and 
erected in accordance with table D-16 of the section. It is mandatory 
that a copy of the detailed drawings and specifications showing the 
sizes and spacing of members be kept on the job. Occupational Safety 
and Health Act of 1970 sections 2(b)(9), 6(b)(7), and 8(c) authorize 
this information collection. See 29 U.S.C. 651(b)(9), 655(b)(7) and 
    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 1218-0199.
    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 June 30, 2016. 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 March 2, 2016 (81 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 1218-0199. 
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: Walking-Working Surfaces Standard.
    OMB Control Number: 1218-0199.
    Affected Public: Private Sector--businesses or other for profits.
    Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 41,540.
    Total Estimated Number of Responses: 75,408.
    Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 6,125 hours.
    Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $0.

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

    Dated: June 21, 2016.
Michel Smyth,
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2016-15102 Filed 6-24-16; 8:45 am]