[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 217 (Friday, November 8, 2019)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-24374]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2011-0862]
Hazardous Wastes Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER)
Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB)
Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
ACTION: Request for public comments.
SUMMARY: OSHA solicits public comments concerning the proposal to
extend the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of the
information collection requirements specified in the Hazardous Waste
Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Standard.
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
January 7, 2020.
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:
using this method, you must submit a copy of your comments and
attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, OSHA Docket No. OSHA-2011-0862,
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 Docket Office's normal business hours, 10:00 a.m.
to 3:00 p.m., ET.
Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and the
OSHA docket number (OSHA-2011-0862) for the Information Collection
Request (ICR). All comments, including any personal information you
provide such as social security numbers and date of births, 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 above address. 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 also may contact Theda Kenney or
Seleda Perryman at (202) 693-2222 to obtain a copy of the ICR.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Theda Kenney or Seleda Perryman,
Directorate of Standards and Guidance, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor;
telephone (202) 693-2222.
The Department of Labor, as part of a 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 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). This program ensures that
information is in the desired format, the reporting burden (time and
costs) is minimal, the collection instruments are clearly understood,
and OSHA's estimate of the information collection burden is accurate.
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 Act or for developing
information regarding the causes and prevention of occupational
injuries, illnesses, and accidents (see 29 U.S.C. 657). The OSH Act
also requires OSHA to 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 effort
in obtaining said information (see 29 U.S.C. 657).
The Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (29
CFR 1910.120) specifies a number of collection of information
(paperwork) requirements. Employers can use the information collected
under the HAZWOPER rule to develop the various programs the Standard
requires and to ensure that their workers are trained properly about
the safety and health hazards associated with hazardous waste
operations and emergency response to hazardous waste releases. OSHA
will use the records developed in response to this Standard to
determine adequate compliance with the Standard's safety and health
provisions. The employer's failure to collect and distribute the
information required in this standard will affect significantly OSHA's
effort to control and reduce injuries and fatalities. Such failure
would also be contrary to the direction Congress provided in Superfund
Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA).
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;
for example, by using automated or other technological information
collection and transmission techniques.
III. Proposed Actions
OSHA is requesting that OMB extend the approval of the collection
of information (paperwork) requirements contained in the Hazardous
Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Standard. OSHA is
requesting an adjustment decrease of 1,256 burden hours from the
previous submission (from 261,551 hours to 260,295 hours).
The agency will summarize any 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: Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER)
Standard (29 CFR 1910.120).
OMB Number: 1218-0202.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profits; Not-for-profit
organizations; Federal Government; State, Local, or Tribal Government.
Number of Respondents: 29,727.
Frequency of Response: Business or other for-profits; Not-for-
profit organizations; Federal Government; State, Local, or Tribal
Total Responses: 1,468,062.
Average Time per Response: Various.
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 260,295.
Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $10,127,325.
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 (Docket No. OSHA-2011-0862) for this ICR.
You may supplement electronic submissions by uploading document files
electronically. If you wish to mail additional materials in reference
to an electronic or 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 your electronic comments
by your name, date, and the docket number so the agency can attach them
to your comments.
Due to 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 social security numbers and
dates 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
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
V. Authority and Signature
Loren Sweatt, Principal 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 3912).
Signed at Washington, DC, on November 1, 2019.
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety
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