[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 126 (Friday, June 29, 2018)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-13969]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Office of the Secretary
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB
Review; Comment Request; Definition and Requirements for a Nationally
Recognized Testing Laboratory
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) revision titled,
``Definition and Requirements for a Nationally Recognized Testing
Laboratory,'' to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review
and approval for use in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act
(PRA) of 1995. Public comments on the ICR are invited.
DATES: The OMB will consider all written comments that agency receives
on or before July 30, 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=201711-1218-001 (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 sending an email to 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 sending an
email to DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This ICR seeks approval under the PRA for
revisions to the Definition and Requirements for a Nationally
Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) information collection. A number
of OSHA issued standards contain requirements that specify employers
use only equipment, products, or material tested or approved by a NRTL.
These requirements ensure that employers use safe and efficacious
equipment, products, or materials in complying with the standards.
Accordingly, the OSHA promulgated its Program Regulation for NRTLs, 29
CFR 1910.7, which specifies procedures an organization must follow to
apply for and to maintain OSHA recognition to test and certify
equipment, products, or material for safe use in the workplace. The
OSHA has also developed standardized optional use forms to facilitate
and simplify the information collection process. The forms correspond
to the application, expansion, and renewal processes defined in the
NRTL Program. This information collection has been classified as a
revision, because the OSHA intends to change the NRTL Program's fee
schedule associated with initial recognition, program expansion,
renewals of recognition, and on-site audits. To facilitate the payment
of fees and reduce the burden on NRTLs, the OSHA is in the process of
established an electronic payment mechanism on Pay.gov. A user would be
required to complete a short payment form for each transaction on this
site. The OSHA is also requesting an increase in costs associated with
OSHA's planned increase in filing and assessment fees. The fees charged
by OSHA under the existing fee schedule have been far lower than the
costs of performing the activities for which the OSHA charges fees. The
OSHA is required to set fees at a level that cover its full costs in
reviewing NRTL applications. See 29 CFR 1910.7(f)(2). The proposed fee
schedule will rectify this flaw and more accurately reflect the full
cost of performing the activities for which OSHA charges fees.
Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 sections 2(b)(3), (9), (12),
and 8(c) and (g) authorize this information collection. See 29 U.S.C.
651(b)(3), (9), (12); 657(c), (g).
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 1218-0147. The current approval is scheduled to
expire on April 30, 2020; however, the DOL notes that existing
information collection requirements submitted to the OMB receive a
month-to-month extension while they undergo review. New requirements
would only take effect upon OMB approval. For additional substantive
information about this ICR, see the related notice published in the
Federal Register on December 28, 2016 (81 FR 95650).
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 1218-0147.
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: Definition and Requirements for a Nationally
Recognized Testing Laboratory.
OMB Control Number: 1218-0147.
Affected Public: Private Sector--businesses or other for-profits.
Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 20.
Total Estimated Number of Responses: 140.
Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 1,523 hours.
Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $728,352.
Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D).
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2018-13969 Filed 6-28-18; 8:45 am]
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