[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 60 (Wednesday, March 28, 2018)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-06176]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Office of the Secretary
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB
Review; Comment Request; Excavation Cave-In Protection System Design
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, ``Excavation Cave-in Protection System
Design 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=201802-1218-001 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 authorization
for the information collections required in the design of a cave-in
protection system that are codified in regulations 29 CFR part 1926,
subpart P. Employers in the construction industry and OSHA compliance
officers need this information to ensure cave-in protection systems are
designed, installed, and used in a manner that adequately protects
workers. More specifically, regulations 29 CFR 1926.652 paragraphs (b)
and (c) contain paperwork
requirements imposing burden hours or costs on employers. These
paragraphs require subject employers to use protective systems to
prevent cave-ins during excavation work; these systems include sloping
the side of the trench, benching the soil away from the excavation, or
using a support system or shield (such as a trench box). The Standard
specifies allowable configurations and slopes for excavations, and it
provides appendices to assist employers in designing protective
systems. The regulations also provide options as to how the required
records are developed. 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), 657(c).
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 1218-0137.
OMB authorization for an ICR cannot be for more than three (3)
years without renewal, and 3he 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 December 12, 2017 (82 FR 58450).
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 1218-0137.
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: Excavation Cave-in Protection System Design
OMB Control Number: 1218-0137.
Affected Public: Private Sector--businesses or other for-profits.
Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 8,382.
Total Estimated Number of Responses: 17,262.
Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 17,262 hours.
Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $311,505.
Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D).
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2018-06176 Filed 3-27-18; 8:45 am]
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