[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 168 (Thursday, August 29, 2019)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-18631]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
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.
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.
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2019-18631 Filed 8-28-19; 8:45 am]
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