[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 31 (Tuesday, February 15, 2022)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2022-03193]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2017-0012]
National Fall Safety Stand-Down To Prevent Falls in Construction;
Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information
Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Labor.
ACTION: Request for public comment.
SUMMARY: OSHA solicits public comments concerning the proposal to the
Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of the information
collection requirements specified in the National Fall Safety Stand-
Down to Prevent Falls in Construction.
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
April 18, 2022.
Electronically: You may submit comments, including attachments,
electronically at https://www.regulations.gov, the Federal eRulemaking
Portal. Follow the instructions online for submitting comments.
Docket: To read or download comments or other material in the
docket, go to https://www.regulations.gov. Documents in the docket are
listed in the https://www.regulations.gov index; however, some
information (e.g., copyrighted material) is not publicly available to
read or download through the website. All submissions, including
copyrighted material, are available for inspection through the OSHA
Docket Office. Contact the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-2350 (TTY
(877) 889-5627) for assistance in locating docket submissions.
Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and the
OSHA docket number for this Federal Register notice (OSHA-2017-0012).
OSHA will place comments, including personal information, in the public
docket, which may be available online. Therefore, OSHA cautions
interested parties about submitting personal information such as Social
Security numbers and birthdates. For further information on submitting
comments, see the ``Public Participation'' heading in the section of
this notice titled SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Seleda Perryman or Theda Kenney,
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 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, 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 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 effort in
obtaining information (29 U.S.C. 657).
Falls are a leading cause of death for employees. According to 2019
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, falls accounted for 418 of the
1,061 construction fatalities, and 880 of the 5,333 fatalities in all
recorded industries. The National Fall Safety Stand-Down to Prevent
Falls in Construction raises fall hazard awareness across the country
in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries. The Stand-Down is
the biggest safety outreach event ever conducted by the agency. OSHA
has collaborated with countless industry leaders and employers over the
last eight years to reach over 10 million workers during Stand-Downs.
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 collected; and
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 approve the information collection
requirements contained in the National Fall Safety Stand-Down to
Prevent Falls in Construction (29 U.S.C. 669). In this information
collection request, there are 4,500 respondents for an Occupational
Health and Safety Specialists with 750 total burden hours.
Type of Review: Extension of currently approved collection.
Title: National Fall Safety Stand- Down to Prevent Falls in
OMB Control Number: 1218-0271.
Affected Public: Business or other for- profits.
Number of Respondents: 4,500.
Frequency of Responses: Annually.
Average Time per Response: OSHA estimates an employer will take 10
minutes to complete the survey.
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 750.
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 https://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal
eRulemaking Portal; (2) by facsimile (fax) at (202) 693-1648; or (3) by
hard copy. All comments, attachments, and other materials must identify
the agency name and the OSHA docket number for the ICR (Docket No.
OSHA-2017-0012). You may supplement electronic submissions by uploading
document files electronically. Please note: While OSHA's Docket Office
is continuing to accept and process submissions by regular mail, due to
the COVID-19 pandemic, the Docket Office is closed to the public and
not able to receive submissions to the docket by hand, express mail,
messenger, and courier service. 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.
Comments and submissions are posted without change at https://www.regulations.gov. Therefore, OSHA cautions commenters about
submitting personal information such as social security numbers and
date of birth.
Although all submissions are listed in the https://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 https://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
James S. Frederick, 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 January 31, 2022.
James S. Frederick,
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2022-03193 Filed 2-14-22; 8:45 am]
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