[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 24 (Tuesday, February 5, 2019)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-01037]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2011-0861]
OSHA Strategic Partnership Program (OSPP) for Worker Safety and
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
ACTION: Request for public comments.
SUMMARY: OSHA solicits public comments concerning the proposal to
extend the OMB approval of the information collection requirements
specified in the OSHA Strategic Partnership Program (OSPP) for Worker
Safety and Health.
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
April 8, 2019.
Electronically: You may submit comments and attachments
electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal
eRulemaking Portal. Follow the instructions online for submitting
Facsimile: If your comments, including attachments, are not longer
than 10 pages, you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-
Mail, hand delivery, express mail, messenger, or courier service:
When using this method, you must submit a copy of your comments and
attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA-2011-0861,
Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of
Labor, Room N-3653, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20210.
Deliveries (hand, express mail, messenger, and courier service) are
accepted during the Office's normal business hours, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00
Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and the
OSHA docket number (OSHA-2011-0861) for the Information Collection
Request (ICR). All documents, including any personal information you
provide, are placed in the public docket without change, and may be
made available online at http://www.regulations.gov. For further
information on submitting comments, see the ``Public Participation''
heading in the section of this notice titled SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Docket: To read or download comments or other material in the
docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov or the OSHA Docket Office at
the address above. All documents in the docket (including this Federal
Register notice) are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index;
however, some information (e.g., copyrighted material) is not publicly
available to read or download from the website. All submissions,
including copyrighted material, are available for inspection and
copying at the OSHA Docket Office. You may also contact Theda Kenney at
the address below to obtain a copy of the ICR.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Seleda Perryman or Theda Kenney,
Directorate of Standards and Guidance, OSHA, Department of Labor,
telephone: (202) 693-2222.
The Department of Labor, as part of the continuing effort to reduce
paperwork and respondent (i.e., employer) burden, conducts a
preclearance consultation program to provide the public with an
opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing information
collection requirements in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act
of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). This program ensures that
information is in the desired format, reporting burden (time and costs)
is minimal, collection instruments are clearly understood, and OSHA's
estimate of the information collection burden is accurate. The
Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) (29 U.S.C. 651 et
seq.) authorizes information collection by employers as necessary or
appropriate for enforcement of the OSH Act or for developing
information regarding the causes and prevention of occupational
injuries, illnesses, and accidents (29 U.S.C. 657). The OSH Act also
requires that OSHA obtain such information with a minimum burden upon
employers, especially those operating small businesses, and to reduce
to the maximum extent feasible unnecessary duplication of efforts in
obtaining said information (29 U.S.C. 657).
The OSPP allows OSHA to enter into an extended, voluntary,
cooperative relationship with groups of employers, employees, and
representatives (sometimes including other stakeholders, and sometimes
involving only one employer) to encourage, assist, and recognize their
efforts to eliminate serious hazards and to achieve a high level of
worker safety and health that goes beyond what historically has been
achieved from traditional enforcement methods. Each OSHA Strategic
Partnership (OSP) determines what information will be needed,
determining the best collection method, and clarifying how the
information will be used. At a minimum, each OSP must identify baseline
injury and illness data corresponding to all summary line items on the
OSHA 300 logs, and must track changes at either the worksite level or
participant-aggregate level. An OSP may also include other measures of
success, such as training activity, self-inspections, and/or workers'
compensation data. In this regard, the information collection
requirements for the OSPP are used by the agency to gauge the
effectiveness of programs, identify needed improvements, and ensure
that resources are being used effectively and appropriately.
II. Special Issues for Comment
OSHA has a particular interest in comments on the following issues:
Whether the proposed information collection requirements
are necessary for the proper performance of the agency's functions,
including whether the information is useful;
the accuracy of OSHA's estimate of the burden (time and
costs) of the information collection requirements, including the
validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
the quality, utility, and clarity of the information
Ways to minimize the burden on employers who must comply;
example, by using automated or other technological information
collection and transmission techniques.
III. Proposed Actions
OSHA is proposing to adjust the information collection burden hour
requirements contained in the agency's Strategic Partnership Program
for Worker Safety and Health (5 CFR 1320.5). The agency is requesting
an adjustment decrease in the number of burden hours from 67,518 to
14,014 hours for a total decrease of 53,504 hours. The reduction is the
result of a decrease in the number of employers and participants.
The agency will summarize the comments submitted in response to
this notice and will include this summary in the request to OMB.
Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
Title: OSHA Strategic Partnership Program (OSPP) for Worker Safety
OMB Control Number: 1218-0244.
Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits.
Number of Respondents: 49.
Total Number of Responses: 2,236.
Frequency of Responses: On occasion.
Average Time Various.
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 14,014.
Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $0.
IV. Public Participation--Submission of Comments on This Notice and
Internet Access to Comments and Submissions
You may submit comments in response to this document as follows:
(1) Electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal
eRulemaking Portal; (2) by facsimile (fax); or (3) by hard copy. All
comments, attachments, and other material must identify the agency name
and the OSHA docket number for this ICR (Docket No. OSHA-2011-0861).
You may supplement electronic submissions by uploading document files
electronically. If you wish to mail additional materials in reference
to an electronic or a facsimile submission, you must submit them to the
OSHA Docket Office (see the section of this notice titled ADDRESSES).
The additional materials must clearly identify electronic comments by
your name, date, and the docket number so the agency can attach them to
Because of security procedures, the use of regular mail may cause a
significant delay in the receipt of comments. For information about
security procedures concerning the delivery of materials by hand,
express delivery, messenger or courier service, please contact the OSHA
Docket Office at (202) 693-2350, (TTY (877) 889-5627)).
Comments and submissions are posted without change at http://www.regulations.gov. Therefore, OSHA cautions commenters about
submitting personal information, such as their social security number
and date of birth. Although all submissions are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index, some information (e.g., copyrighted
material) is not publicly available to read or download from this
website. All submissions, including copyrighted material, are available
for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office.
Information on using the http://www.regulations.gov website to
submit comments and access the docket is available at the website's
``User Tips'' link.
Contact the OSHA Docket Office for information about materials not
available from the website and for assistance in using the internet to
locate docket submissions.
V. Authority and Signature
Loren Sweatt, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational
Safety and Health, directed the preparation of this notice. The
authority for this notice is the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44
U.S.C. 3506 et seq.) and Secretary of Labor's Order No. 1-2012 (77 FR
Signed at Washington, DC, on January 30, 2019.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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