[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 149 (Monday, August 3, 2020)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-16819]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2011-0009]
Fire Brigades Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and
Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork)
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
collection of information contained in the Fire Brigades Standard.
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
October 2, 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 comments.
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 these methods, you must submit a copy of your comments and
attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA-2011-0009,
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 OSHA 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-2011-0009) for the Information Collection
Request (ICR). All comments, including any personal information you
provide, such as social security number and date of birth, 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 materials 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 may also 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 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 collection of
information requirements in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act
(PRA) (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 OSHA to obtain
such information with minimum burden upon employers, especially those
operating small businesses, and to reduce to the maximum extent
feasible unnecessary duplication of efforts in obtaining information
(29 U.S.C. 657).
OSHA does not mandate that employers establish fire brigades;
however, if they do so, they must comply with the provisions of the
Fire Brigades Standard. The provisions of the standard, including the
paperwork requirements, apply to fire brigades, industrial fire
departments, and private or contract fire departments, but not to
airport crash rescue units or forest firefighting operations.
Paragraphs (b)(1), (b)(2), and (c)(4) contain the paperwork
requirements of the standard.
Under paragraph (b)(1) of the standard, employers must develop and
maintain an organizational statement that establishes the: Existence of
a fire brigade; the basic organizational structure of the brigade;
type, amount, and frequency of training provided to brigade members;
expected number of members in the brigade; and functions that the
brigade is to perform. This paragraph also specifies that the
organizational statement must be available for review by workers, their
designated representatives, and OSHA compliance officers. The
organizational statement describes the functions performed by the
brigade members and, thereby, determines the level of training and type
of personal protective equipment (PPE) necessary for these members to
perform their assigned functions safely. Making the statement available
to workers, their designated representatives, and OSHA compliance
officers ensures that the elements of the statement are consistent with
the functions performed by the brigade members and the occupational
hazards they experience, and that employers are providing training and
PPE appropriate to these functions and hazards.
To permit a worker with known heart disease, epilepsy, or emphysema
to participate in fire brigade emergency activities, paragraph (b)(2)
of the standard requires employers to obtain a physician's certificate
of the worker's fitness. This provision provides employers with a
direct and efficient means of ascertaining whether or not they can
safely expose workers with these medical conditions to the hazards of
Paragraph (c)(4) of the standard requires employers to inform fire
brigade members of special hazards, such as the storage and use of
flammable liquids and gases, toxic chemicals, radioactive sources,
water-reactive substances that may be present during fires and other
emergencies, and any changes in these special hazards. It also requires
that employers develop written procedures describing the actions that
brigade members are to take when special hazards are present, and to
make these procedures available in the education and training program
and for review by brigade members.
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 information
collection requirements contained in the Fire Brigades Standard (29 CFR
1910.156). The agency is requesting an adjustment increase in the
number of burden hours from 2,693 to 2,767, a total increase of 74
hours. The adjustment is due to an increase in the estimated number of
manufacturing facilities with 100 or more workers from 24,856 to
25,546. 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: Fire Brigades Standards (29 CFR 1910.156).
OMB Control Number: 1218-0075.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profits.
Number of Respondents: 25,546.
Number of Responses: 3,832.
Frequency of Responses: On occasion.
Average Time per Response: Varied.
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 2,767.
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 the ICR (Docket No. OSHA-2011-0009). 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 through 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 through the website, and for assistance in using the internet
to locate docket submissions.
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 July 29, 2020.
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety
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