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    Agency Information Collection Activities; Construction Standards on Posting Emergency Telephone Numbers and Floor Load Limits
[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 106 (Thursday, June 2, 2022)]
[Pages 33516-33517]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2022-11794]



Agency Information Collection Activities; Construction Standards 
on Posting Emergency Telephone Numbers and Floor Load Limits

ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.


SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting this Occupational 
Safety & 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 July 5, 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) 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; (3) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility and clarity of the information collection; and (4) 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: Nicole Bouchet by telephone at 202-
693-0213, or by email at DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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, the 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).
    Two construction standards, ``Medical Services and First Aid'' 
(Sec.  1926.50), and ``General Requirements for Storage'' (Sec.  
1926.250), contain posting provisions. Paragraph (f) of Sec.  1926.50 
requires employers to conspicuously post emergency telephone numbers 
for physicians, hospitals, or ambulances at their worksites if 911 
emergency telephone service is not locally available; in the event that 
a worker has a serious injury at a worksite, this posting requirement 
helps expedite emergency medical treatment of the worker. Paragraph 
(a)(2) of Sec.  1926.250 specifies that employers must post the maximum 
safe load limits of floors located in storage areas inside buildings or 
other structures under construction, unless the floors or slabs are on 
grade (sitting on the ground). This provision prohibits employers from 
overloading floors in areas used to store material and equipment where 
a structure's floors are not supported directly by the ground. This 
requirement is intended to prevent floor collapses which could 
seriously injure or kill workers. For additional substantive 
information about this ICR, see the related notice published in the 
Federal Register on March 2, 2022 (87 FR 11736).

    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: Construction Standards on Posting Emergency 
Telephone Numbers and Floor Load Limits (29 CFR 1926.50 and 1926.250).
    OMB Control Number: 1218-0093.
    Affected Public: Private Sector--Businesses or other for-profits.
    Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 885,922.
    Total Estimated Number of Responses: 263,262.
    Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 55,184 hours.
    Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $0.

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

Nicole Bouchet,
Senior PRA Analyst.
[FR Doc. 2022-11794 Filed 6-1-22; 8:45 am]