[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 185 (Wednesday, September 23, 2020)]
[Pages 59825-59826]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-20952]



Office of the Secretary

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB 
Review; Comment Request; Concrete and Masonry Construction Standard

ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.


SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting this Occupational 
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)-sponsored information 
collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
for review and approval 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 October 23, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed 
information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of 
this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Find this particular 
information collection by selecting ``Currently under 30-day Review--
Open for Public Comments'' or by using the search function.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anthony May by telephone at 202-693-
4129 (this is not a toll-free number) or by email at 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the 
collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of 
the functions of the Department, including whether the information will 
have practical utility; (2) if the information will be processed and 
used in a timely manner; (3) the accuracy of the agency's estimates of 
the burden and cost of the collection of information, including the 
validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (4) ways to enhance 
the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; and (5) 
ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those 
who are to respond, including the use of automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology.
    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 
OSH Act also requires that OSHA 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). The warning signs/
barriers required by paragraph 1926.701(c)(2) reduce exposure of non-
essential workers to the hazards of post-tensioning operations, 
principally a failed rope or wire striking a worker and causing serious 
injury. The requirements for lockout and tag ejection systems and other 
hazardous equipment (e.g., compressors, mixers, screens or pumps used 
for concrete and masonry construction) specified by paragraphs 
1926.702(a)(2), (j)(1), and (j)(2) warn equipment operators not to 
activate their equipment if another worker enters the equipment to 
perform a task (e.g., cleaning, inspecting, maintaining, repairing), 
thereby preventing injury or death. Construction contractors and 
workers use the drawings, plans, and designs required by paragraph 
1926.703(a)(2) to provide specific instructions on how to construct, 
erect, brace, maintain, and remove shores and formwork if they pour 
concrete at the job site. Paragraph 1926.705(b) requires employers to 
mark the rated capacity of jacks and lifting units. This requirement 
prevents overloading and subsequent collapse of jacks and lifting 
units, as well as their loads, thereby sparing exposed workers from 
serious injury or death. For additional substantive information about 
this ICR, see the related notice published in the Federal Register on 
May 20, 2020 (85 FR 30740).
    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 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 
OMB Control Number. See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 1320.6.
    DOL seeks PRA authorization for this information collection for 
three (3) years. OMB authorization for an ICR cannot be for more than 
three (3) years without renewal. The DOL notes that information 
collection requirements submitted to the OMB for existing ICRs receive 
a month-to-month extension while they undergo review.
    Agency: DOL-OSHA.
    Title of Collection: Concrete and Masonry Construction Standard.
    OMB Control Number: 1218-0095.

    Affected Public: Private Sector: Businesses or other for-profits.
    Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 275,619.
    Total Estimated Number of Responses: 275,619.
    Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 22,968 hours.
    Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $0.

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

    Dated: September 17, 2020.
Anthony May,
Management and Program Analyst.
[FR Doc. 2020-20952 Filed 9-22-20; 8:45 am]