[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 44 (Monday, March 7, 2022)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2022-04709]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2011-0861]
OSHA Strategic Partnership Program (OSPP) for Worker Safety and
Health; 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 OSHA Strategic
Partnership Program (OSPP) for Worker Safety and Health.
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
May 6, 2022.
Electronically: You may submit comments, including attachments,
electronically at http://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 http://www.regulations.gov. Documents in the docket are
listed in the http://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
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-2011-0861).
OSHA will place comments and requests to speak, 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 (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 a minimum burden upon
employers, especially those operating small businesses, and to reduce
to the maximum extent feasible unnecessary duplication of efforts in
obtaining said information (29 U.S.C. 657).
The OSPP allows OSHA to enter into an extended, voluntary,
cooperative relationship with groups of employers, employees, and
representatives (sometimes including other stakeholders, and sometimes
involving only one employer) to encourage, assist, and recognize their
efforts to eliminate serious hazards and to achieve a high level of
worker safety and health that goes beyond what historically has been
achieved from traditional enforcement methods. Each OSHA Strategic
Partnership (OSP) determines what information will be needed,
determining the best collection method, and clarifying how the
information will be used. At a minimum, each OSP must identify baseline
injury and illness data corresponding to all summary line items on the
OSHA 300 logs and must track changes at either the worksite level or
participant-aggregate level. An OSP may also include other measures of
success, such as training activity, self-inspections, and/or workers'
compensation data. In this regard, the information collection
requirements for the OSPP are used by the agency to gauge the
effectiveness of programs, identify needed improvements, and ensure
that resources are being used effectively and appropriately.
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
The agency is requesting an adjustment increase of 4,466 burden
hours of the previous approval from 14,014 to 18,480 hours. The
increase in burden is a result of increase in the number of employers
Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
Title: OSHA Strategic Partnership Program (OSPP) for Worker Safety
OMB Control Number: 1218-0244.
Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits.
Total Number of Responses: 3,040.
Frequency of Responses: On occasion.
Average Time: Various.
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 18,480.
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. 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. All
comments, attachments, and other material must identify the agency name
and the OSHA docket number for this ICR (Docket No. OSHA-2011-0861).
You may supplement electronic submissions by uploading document files
electronically. If you wish to mail additional materials in reference
to an electronic or a 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 electronic comments by
your name, date, and the docket number so the agency can attach them to
Because of security procedures, the use of regular mail may cause a
significant delay in the receipt of comments.
Comments and submissions are posted without change at http://www.regulations.gov. Therefore, OSHA cautions commenters about
submitting personal information, such as their social security number
and date 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
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 from 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 February 25, 2022.
James S. Frederick,
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2022-04709 Filed 3-4-22; 8:45 am]
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