[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 58 (Monday, March 26, 2018)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-06004]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Office of the Secretary
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB
Review; Comment Request; General Provisions and Confined and Enclosed
Spaces and Other Dangerous Atmospheres in Shipyard Employment Standards
ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.
SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sponsored information
collection request (ICR) titled, ``General Provisions and Confined and
Enclosed Spaces and Other Dangerous Atmospheres in Shipyard Employment
Standards,'' 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). Public comments on the ICR are
DATES: The OMB will consider all written comments that agency receives
on or before April 25, 2018.
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 website at https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=201711-1218-004 (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 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
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This ICR seeks to extend PRA authority for
the General Provisions and Confined and Enclosed Spaces and Other
Dangerous Atmospheres in Shipyard Employment Standards information
collection requirements codified in regulations 29 CFR part 1915.
Regulations implementing the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH
Act) require an employer who is subject to the Standards: (1) To ensure
a competent person conducts inspections and atmospheric testing prior
to a worker entering a confined or enclosed space (Sec. 1915.12(a)-
(c)); (2) to warn workers not to enter a hazardous space or other
dangerous atmosphere (Sec. Sec. 1915.12 (a)-(c), 1915.16); (3) to
train a worker who will be entering a confined or enclosed space and
certify such training has been provided (Sec. 1915.12(d)); (4) to
establish and train shipyard rescue teams or arrange for outside rescue
teams and provide them with information (Sec. 1915.12(e)); (5) to
ensure one person on each rescue team maintains a current first aid
training certificate (Sec. 1915.12(e)); (6) to exchange information
regarding hazards, safety rules, and emergency procedures concerning
these spaces and atmospheres with other employers whose workers may
enter these spaces and atmospheres (Sec. 1915.12(f)); (7) to ensure
testing of a space having contained a combustible or flammable liquid
or gas or toxic, corrosive, or irritating substance, or other dangerous
atmosphere, boundary or pipeline before cleaning or other cold work is
started and, as necessary thereafter, while the operation is ongoing
(Sec. 1915.13(b)(2) and (4)); (8) to post signs prohibiting ignition
sources within or near a space that contains bulk quantities of a
flammable or combustible liquid or gas (Sec. 1915.13(b)(10)); (9) to
ensure a confined or enclosed space is tested before a worker performs
hot work in the work area (Sec. 1915.14(a)); (10) to post warnings of
testing conducted by a competent person and certificates of testing
conducted by a Marine Chemist or Coast Guard authorized person in the
immediate vicinity of the hot-work operation while the operation is in
progress (Sec. 1915.14(a) and (b)); and (11) to retain the certificate
of testing on file for at least three months after completing the
operation (Sec. 1915.14(a)(2)). OSH Act sections 2(b), 6, and 8
authorize this information collection. See 29 U.S.C. 651(b), 655, 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 1218-0011.
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 March 31, 2018. 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
published in the Federal Register on October 16, 2017 (82 FR 48121).
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 1218-0011.
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: General Provisions and Confined and Enclosed
Spaces and Other Dangerous Atmospheres in Shipyard Employment
OMB Control Number: 1218-0011.
Affected Public: Private Sector--businesses or other for-profits.
Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 4,871.
Total Estimated Number of Responses: 3,495,964.
Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 586,064 hours.
Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $0.
Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D).
Dated: March 19, 2018.
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2018-06004 Filed 3-23-18; 8:45 am]
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