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  • Publication Date:
  • Publication Type:
    Notice
  • Fed Register #:
    83:12964-12965
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  • Title:
    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
  [Federal Register Volume 83, Number 58 (Monday, March 26, 2018)]
  [Notices]
  [Pages 12964-12965]
  From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
  [FR Doc No: 2018-06004]


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  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.

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  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
  invited.

  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
  at DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.

  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
  657.
      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
  notice


  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.
      Agency: DOL-OSHA.
      Title of Collection: General Provisions and Confined and Enclosed
  Spaces and Other Dangerous Atmospheres in Shipyard Employment
  Standards.
      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.
  Michel Smyth,
  Departmental Clearance Officer.
  [FR Doc. 2018-06004 Filed 3-23-18; 8:45 am]
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