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    Voluntary Protection Programs Information; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
  [Federal Register Volume 82, Number 167 (Wednesday, August 30, 2017)]
  [Pages 41294-41296]
  From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
  [FR Doc No: 2017-18427]



  Occupational Safety and Health Administration

  [Docket No. OSHA-2011-0056]

  Voluntary Protection Programs Information; 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 the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of the
  information collection requirements contained in Voluntary Protection
  Programs Information.

  DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
  October 30, 2017.

      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, OSHA Docket No. OSHA-2011-0056
  U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health
  Administration, Room N-3653, 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, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., e.t.
      Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and OSHA
  docket number for the Information Collection Request (ICR) (OSHA-2011-
  0056). 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 through the Web site. All submissions,
  including copyrighted material, are available for inspection and
  copying at the OSHA Docket Office.

  FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  David Hamel, Director, Office of
  Partnerships and Recognition, Directorate of Cooperative and State
  Programs, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-3700, 200 Constitution
  Avenue NW,, Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 693-2213.


  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 accordance 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 OSH 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 Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) [47 FR 29025], adopted by
  OSHA, established the efficacy of cooperative action among government,
  industry and labor to address employee safety and health issues and to
  expand employee protection. To qualify, employers must meet OSHA's
  safety and health management criterion, which focuses on comprehensive
  management programs and active employee involvement to prevent or
  control worksite safety and health hazards. Employers who qualify
  generally view OSHA standards as a minimum level of safety and health
  performance, and set their own more stringent standards, wherever
  necessary, to improve employee protection. Prospective VPP worksites
  must submit an application that includes:
       General applicant information (e.g., site, corporate, and
  collective bargaining contact information).
       Injury and illness rate performance information (i.e.,
  number of employees and/or applicable contractors onsite, type of work
  performed and products produced, North American Industry Classification
  System (NAICS) codes, and Recordable Injury and Illness Case Incidence
  Rate information).
       Safety and health management program information (i.e.,
  description of the applicant's safety and health management programs
  including how the programs successfully address management leadership
  and employee involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and
  control, and safety and health training).
      OSHA uses this information to determine whether an applicant is
  ready for a VPP onsite evaluation and as a verification tool during VPP
  onsite evaluations. Without this information, OSHA would be unable to
  determine which sites are ready for VPP status.
      Each current VPP applicant is also required to submit an annual
  self-evaluation which addresses how that applicant is continuing its
  adherence to programmatic requirements.
      In 2008, OSHA modified procedures for VPP applicants, OSHA onsite
  evaluations, and annual participant self-evaluations for applicants/
  participants subject to OSHA's Process Safety Management (PSM)
  Standard. Applicants who perform work that uses or produces highly
  hazardous chemicals exceeding specified limits covered under the PSM
  standard must submit responses to the PSM application supplement along
  with their VPP application.
      Once in the VPP, the participant is required to submit an annual
  self-evaluation detailing its continued adherence to programmatic
  requirements. Applicants covered under the PSM standard are required to
  submit a PSM questionnaire, a supplemental document, as part of their
  annual submission. OSHA needs this information to ensure that the
  participant remains qualified to participate in the VPP between onsite
  evaluations. Without this information, OSHA would be unable to
  determine whether applicants are maintaining excellent safety and
  health management programs during this interim period.
      In 2009, with the publication of the Federal Register Notice (FRN)
  (74 FR 927, January 9, 2009), VPP revised its traditional focus on
  individual fixed worksites (site-based) by adding two new ways to
  participate: mobile workforce and corporate. A significant
  reorganization of the program helped clarify the multiple participation
  options now available.
      Employees of VPP participants may apply to participate in the
  Special Government Employee (SGE) Program. The SGE Program offers
  private and public sector safety and health professionals and other
  qualified participants the opportunity to exchange ideas, gain new
  perspectives, and grow professionally while serving as full-fledged
  team members on OSHA's VPP onsite evaluations and helping OSHA with
  other VPP-related activities. In this capacity, SGEs may review company
  documents, assist with worksite walkthroughs, interview employees,
  assist in preparing VPP onsite evaluation reports, assist the Regional
  VPP Manager with the review of a site's VPP application or annual self-
  evaluation report, co-instruct the SGE course or VPP application
  workshop, and mentor potential or current VPP sites. Potential SGEs
  must submit an application that includes:
       SGE Eligibility Information Sheet (i.e., applicant's name,
  professional credentials, site/corporate contact information,
  qualifying activities participation, etc.);
       Current Resume;
       Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450).
       Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612).
      OSHA uses the SGE Eligibility Information Sheet to ensure that the
  potential SGE works at a VPP site and meets the minimum eligibility
  qualifications. The resume is required to provide a detailed
  description of their current duties and responsibilities as they relate
  to safety and health and the implementation of an effective safety and
  health management program. The OGE Form 450 is used to ensure that SGEs
  do not participate on onsite evaluations at VPP sites in which they
  have a financial interest.
      OSHA Challenge is designed to reach and guide employers and
  companies in all major industry groups who are strongly committed to
  improving their safety and health management programs and possibly
  pursuing recognition in the VPP. The Challenge Administrator's
  application is used to: (1) Conduct a preliminary analysis of the
  applicant's knowledge of safety and health management programs; and (2)
  make a determination regarding the applicant's qualifications to become
  a Challenge Administrator. Once a Challenge Administrator is approved,
  the program's Administrator will review each Challenge candidate's
  application/annual submissions to ensure that all necessary information
  is provided, prior to forwarding them to OSHA's National Office for
  analysis and acceptance.

  II. Special Issues for Comment

      OSHA has a particular interest in comments on the following issues:
       Whether the information collection requirements are
  necessary for the proper performance of the Agency's functions,
  including whether the information is useful;
       The accuracy of the Agency'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 proposes to extend OMB's approval of the collection of
  information (paperwork) requirements necessitated by the Voluntary
  Protection Programs. The Agency is requesting an adjustment decrease in
  the burden hours from 134,475 hours to 90,863 hours; a total decrease
  of 43,612 hours. The decrease is the result of the VPP Participation
  Evaluation Report Site-Based Mobile Workforce Corporate in managing
  participants is no longer needed. The Agency will summarize the
  comments submitted in response to this notice, and will include this
  summary in its request to OMB to extend the approval of these
  information collection requirements.
      Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
      Title: Voluntary Protection Programs Information.
      OMB Number: 1218-0239.
      Affected Public: Business or other for-profits; individuals or
  households; Federal government; state, local or tribal government.
      Number of Respondents:

      273 Applications
      55 Process Safety Management Applications Questionnaire-A
      1,406 Annual Self-Evaluations
      55 (PSM) Annual Self-Evaluations/Supplemental Questionnaire B
      3 Challenge Administrator's Applications
      27 Challenge Participant's Applications
      143 Challenge Annual Self-Evaluations
  Special Government Employees
      348 SGE Eligibility Information Sheets
      261 Resumes
      87 OF-612
      1616 Confidential Financial Disclosure Forms (OGE-Form 450)

      Total Respondents: 4,274.
      Frequency: Various.
      Average Time per Response:
  VPP General
      200 hours for VPP Applications
      20 hours for VPP Annual Evaluations
  Process Safety Management
      40 hours for Applications
      20 hours for Annual Evaluations
      5 hours for Challenge Administrator's Applications
      10 hours for Challenge Candidate Applications
      20 hours for Challenge Annual Evaluations
  Special Government Employees (SGE)
      10 minutes (.17 hour) for SGE Eligibility Information Sheet
      30 minutes (.50 hour) for SGE Resume
      40 minutes for Optional Form 612
      1 hour for Confidential Financial Disclosure Form

      Estimated Total Burden Hours: 90,863.
      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 for the ICR (Docket No. OSHA-2011-0056). 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 through 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
  through the Web site, and for assistance in using the Internet to
  locate docket submissions.

  V. Authority and Signature

      Loren Sweatt, Deputy 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

      Signed at Washington, DC, on August 22, 2017.
  Loren Sweatt,
  Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
  [FR Doc. 2017-18427 Filed 8-29-17; 8:45 am]
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