[Federal Register Volume 88, Number 17 (Thursday, January 26, 2023)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2023-01561]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2010-0021]
Susan Harwood Training Grant Program; Revision of the Office of
Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection
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 Susan Harwood
Training Grant Program.
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
March 27, 2023.
Electronically: You may submit comments and attachments
electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal
eRulemaking Portal. Follow the instructions online for submitting
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
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 OSHA
docket number (OSHA-2010-0021) for the Information Collection Request
(ICR). OSHA will place all comments, including any personal
information, in the public docket, which may be made 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
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, 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).
Section 21 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (the
``OSH Act'') (29 U.S.C. 670) authorizes the Occupational Safety and
Health Administration (OSHA) to conduct directly, or through grants and
contracts, education, and training courses. These courses must ensure
an adequate number of qualified personnel to fulfill the purposes of
the Act, provide them with short-term training, inform them of the
importance and proper use of safety and health equipment, and train
employers and workers to recognize, avoid, and prevent unsafe and
unhealthful working conditions.
Under Section 21, the agency awards training grants to nonprofit
organizations to provide part of the training. Organizations that
receive these grants must submit the Grantee Quarterly Progress Report
(GQPR; OSHA 171, Revised 5/14) as required by the Department of Labor
under 29 CFR 95.51. This regulation states that grant recipients
(grantees) must submit progress reports to the awarding agency at least
annually but no more than quarterly. The reports must contain a
comparison of actual accomplishments with goals and objectives
established for the reporting period and, if appropriate, the program's
Therefore, the GQPR allows OSHA to monitor a grantee's performance
and to determine if a recipient is using funds as specified in its
grant application. After the grant recipient submits a GQPR, the agency
compares the information provided by the grant recipient in the report
to the quarterly milestones proposed by the grant recipient in the work
plan and budget that accompanied its grant application.
This information includes: identifier data (organization name,
grant number, and period covered by the report); the date and location
where the training occurred; the number of workers and employers
attending training sessions provided by the organization during the
quarter; the class length (in quarter hours); the language used to
deliver the training; a description of the training provided; a
narrative account of grant activities during the quarter (including
capacity building activities, needs assessment activities, development
of training materials/curriculum, evaluation activities, and other
educational activities); and an evaluation of progress regarding
planned versus actual work accomplished.
Using this information, OSHA can determine if the grant recipient
is meeting the proposed program goals and objectives, as described in
the grant proposal, and is spending funds consistent with the proposed
The lack of disaggregated demographic data variables impedes
efforts to measure and advance equity. Section 9 of the E.O. 13895 on
Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through
the Federal Government requires each
agency to evaluate whether their policies produce racially inequitable
results when implemented and make necessary changes to ensure
underserved communities are adequately supported. Our first step is to
collect disaggregated age, race, ethnicity, gender, and language
datasets to make informed program decisions and strategies.
Requiring these reports on a quarterly basis enables the agency to
identify training and expenditure discrepancies in a timely fashion so
that it can implement appropriate action. In addition, this information
permits OSHA to assess a grant recipient's ability to meet projected
milestones and expenditures.
This ICR requests a revision to add race, ethnicity, and language
to a currently approved data collection. By conducting an equity
assessment to meet the requirements of Executive Order (E.O.) 13895 on
Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through
the Federal Government and the DOL Evidence Building Act Evaluation
Plan, Project 38 (See Section 15).
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 to
protect workers, 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 revise the approval of the information
collection requirements contained in Susan Harwood Training Grant
Program. The agency is requesting a program change from 6,160 hours to
6,324 hours, a difference of 164 hours. This increase is due to the
addition of the processing of the additional demographic data required
for the data collection.
OSHA will summarize the comments submitted in response to this
notice and will include this summary in the request to OMB to extend
the approval of the information collection requirements.
Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.
Title: Susan Harwood Training Grant Program.
OMB Control Number: 1218-0100.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profits.
Number of Respondents: 93.
Number of Responses: 372.
Frequency of Responses: On occasion.
Average Time per Response: Varies.
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 6,324.
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); if your comments, including
attachments, are not longer than 10 pages you may fax them to the OSHA
Docket Office at 202-693-1648. 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 the ICR (Docket No. OSHA-2010-0021). 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 your electronic comments
by your name, date, and the docket number so that the agency can attach
them to your comments.
Due to 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 social security numbers and
dates 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 at (202) 693-2350, (TTY (877) 889-5627)
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. 8-2020
(85 FR 58393).
Signed at Washington, DC.
James S. Frederick,
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2023-01561 Filed 1-25-23; 8:45 am]
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