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  • Publication Date:
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    Notice
  • Fed Register #:
    83:31570
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  • Title:
    Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Occupational Safety and Health Act Variance Regulations
  [Federal Register Volume 83, Number 130 (Friday, July 6, 2018)]
  [Notices]
  [Page 31570]
  From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
  [FR Doc No: 2018-14475]
  
  
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  DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
  
  Office of the Secretary
  
  
  Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB 
  Review; Comment Request; Occupational Safety and Health Act Variance 
  Regulations
  
  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, ``Occupational Safety and Health Act 
  Variance Regulations,'' 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 August 6, 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=201805-1218-004 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 Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) Variance Regulations 
  information collection. The OSH Act allows a covered employer to apply 
  for four (4) different types of variances from the requirements of OSH 
  Act standards. An employer submits a variance application that 
  specifies an alternative means of complying with the requirements of 
  applicable standards to the Agency. The OSHA has developed an 
  information collection for four different optional-use forms (Forms 
  OSHA-5-30-1, OSHA-5-30-2, OSHA-5-30-3, and OSHA-5-30-4) that an 
  employer might use as a template in applying for a variance. While use 
  of the forms is optional, employers are required to submit an 
  application that includes all elements specified in regulations 29 CFR 
  part 1905 in order to receive consideration for a variance. OSH Act 
  sections 2(b)(9), 6, 8(c) and 16 authorize this information collection. 
  See 29 U.S.C. 651(b)(9), 655, 657(c), and 665.
      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 1218-0265.
      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 
  March 30, 2018 (83 FR 13790).
      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 1218-0265. 
  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: Occupational Safety and Health Act Variance 
  Regulations.
      OMB Control Number: 1218-0265.
      Affected Public: Private Sector--businesses or other for-profits.
      Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 12.
      Total Estimated Number of Responses: 48.
      Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 366 hours.
      Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $0.
  
      Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D).
  
  Michel Smyth,
  Departmental Clearance Officer.
  [FR Doc. 2018-14475 Filed 7-5-18; 8:45 am]
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