[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 34 (Friday, February 18, 2022)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2022-03535]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB
Review; Comment Request; Occupational Safety and Health Act Variance
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 the agency
receives on or before March 21, 2022.
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.
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.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nora Hernandez by telephone at 202-
693-8633, or by email at DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Sections 6(b)6(A), 6(b)6(B), 6(b)6(C), 6(d),
and 16 of the OSH Act, and 29 CFR 1905.10, 1905.11, and 1905.12,
specify the procedures that employers must follow to apply for a
variance from the requirements of an OSHA standard. OSHA uses the
information collected under these procedures to: (1) Evaluate the
employer's claim that the alternative means of compliance would provide
affected employees with the requisite level of health and safety
protection; (2) assess the technical feasibility of the alternative
means of compliance; (3) determine that the employer properly notified
affected employees of the variance application and their right to a
hearing; and (4) verify that the application contains the
administrative information required by the applicable variance
regulation. For additional substantive information about this ICR, see
the related notice published in the Federal Register on November 10,
2021 (86 FR 62569).
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.
Title of Collection: Occupational Safety and Health Act Variance
OMB Control Number: 1218-0265.
Affected Public: Private Sector--Businesses or other for-profits.
Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 12.
Total Estimated Number of Responses: 48.
Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 366 hours.
Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $0.
(Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D))
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2022-03535 Filed 2-17-22; 8:45 am]
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