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    Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Respiratory Protection Standard
  [Federal Register Volume 83, Number 60 (Wednesday, March 28, 2018)]
  [Pages 13313-13314]
  From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
  [FR Doc No: 2018-06165]
  Office of the Secretary
  Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB 
  Review; Comment Request; Respiratory Protection Standard
  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, ``Respiratory Protection 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). Public comments on the ICR are invited.
  DATES: The OMB will consider all written comments that agency receives 
  on or before April 27, 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 http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=201803-1218-004 (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: 
  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 Respiratory Protection Standard information collection requirements 
  codified in regulations 29 CFR 1910.134 that assist an employer in 
  protecting the health of workers exposed to airborne contaminants, 
  physical hazards, and biological agents. The Standard contains 
  requirements for program administration; a written respirator-
  protection program with worksite-specific procedures; respirator 
  selection; worker training; fit testing; medical evaluation; respirator 
  use; respirator cleaning, maintenance, and repair; and other 
  provisions. Occupational Safety and Health Act sections 2, 6, and 8 
  authorize this information collection. See 29 U.S.C. 651, 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 1218-0099.
      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 January 18, 2018 (83 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 1218-0099. 
  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: Respiratory Protection Standard.
      OMB Control Number: 1218-0099.
      Affected Public: Private Sector--businesses or other for-profits.
      Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 631,607.
      Total Estimated Number of Responses: 25,621,506.
      Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 7,622,100 hours.
      Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $316,906,665.
      Authority:  44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D).
       Dated: March 20, 2018.
  Michel Smyth,
  Departmental Clearance Officer.
  [FR Doc. 2018-06165 Filed 3-27-18; 8:45 am]
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