[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 130 (Friday, July 6, 2018)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-14475]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Office of the Secretary
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB
Review; Comment Request; Occupational Safety and Health Act Variance
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, ``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
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.
Title of Collection: Occupational Safety and Health Act Variance
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).
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2018-14475 Filed 7-5-18; 8:45 am]
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