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    Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Standard on Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 168 (Thursday, August 29, 2019)]
[Pages 45534-45536]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-18631]



Office of the Secretary

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB 
Review; Comment Request; Standard on Process Safety Management of 
Highly Hazardous Chemicals

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, ``Standard on Process Safety 
Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals,'' 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 September 30, 2019.

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=201908-1218-001 (this link will only become active 
on the day following publication of this notice) or by contacting 
Frederick Licari by telephone at 202-693-8073, TTY 202-693-8064, (these 
are not toll-free numbers) or by email at OIRA_submission@omb.eop.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: DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.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: Frederick Licari by telephone at 202-
693-8073, 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 Standard on Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals 
(29 CFR 1910.119, 29 CFR 1926.64) information collection. The 
Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (the 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 Standard contains information collection requirements that 
require employers to ensure that processes using highly hazardous 
chemicals with the potential of a catastrophic release are operated as 
safely as possible. The employer must thoroughly consider all facets of 
a process, as well as the involvement of employees in that process. 
Employers analyze processes so that they can identify, evaluate, and 
control problems that could lead to a major release, fire, or 
explosion. The major information collection requirements in this 
standard include: Consulting with workers and their representatives on 
and providing them access to process hazard analyses and the 
development of other elements of the standard; developing a written 
action plan for implementation of employee participation in process 
hazard analyses and other elements of the standard; completing a 
compilation of written process safety information; performing a process 
hazard analysis; documenting actions taken to resolve process hazard 
analysis team findings and recommendations; updating, revalidating, and 
retaining the process hazard analysis; developing and implementing 
written operating procedures accessible to workers; reviewing operating 
procedures as often as necessary and certifying the procedures 
annually; developing and implementing safe work practices; preparing 
training records; informing contract employers of known hazards and 
applicable provisions of the emergency action plan; maintaining a 
contract worker injury and illness log; establishing written procedures 
to maintain the integrity of and documenting inspections and tests of 
process equipment; providing information on permits issued for hot work 
operations; establishing and implementing written procedures to manage 
changes; preparing reports at the conclusion of incident 
investigations, documenting resolutions and corrective measures, and 
reviewing the reports with affected personnel; establishing and 
implementing an emergency action plan; developing a compliance audit 
report and certifying compliance; and disclosing information necessary 
to comply with the standard to persons responsible for compiling 
process safety information. The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. 3506 et seq.) and Secretary of Labor's Order No. 1-2012 (77 FR 
3912) authorizes this information collection. See Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995 (PRA-95) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
    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 the OMB under the PRA approves it 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 1218-0200.
    OMB authorization for an ICR cannot be for more than three (3) 
years without renewal, and the current approval for this collection is 
scheduled to expire on August 31, 2019. 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 June 28, 2019 (84 FR 
    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 1218-0200. 
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: Standard on Process Safety Management of 
Highly Hazardous Chemicals (29 CFR 1910.119, 29 CFR 1926.64).
    OMB Control Number: 1218-0200.

    Affected Public: Private Sector--Business or other for-profits.
    Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 9,786.
    Total Estimated Number of Responses: 1,209,597.
    Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 5,610,808 hours.
    Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $0.

    Authority:  44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D).

    Dated: August, 23, 2019.
Frederick Licari,
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2019-18631 Filed 8-28-19; 8:45 am]