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    Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Construction Fall Protection Systems Criteria, Practices, and Training Requirements
[Federal Register Volume 88, Number 182 (Thursday, September 21, 2023)]
[Pages 65195-65196]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2023-20395]



Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB 
Review; Comment Request; Construction Fall Protection Systems Criteria, 
Practices, and Training Requirements

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 October 23, 2023.

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 Standards on Construction Fall 
Protection Systems Criteria and Practices (29 CFR 1926.502) and 
Training Requirements (29 CFR 1926.503) ensure that employers provide 
the required fall protection for their workers. Accordingly, these 
standards have the following paperwork requirements: Paragraphs 
(c)(4)(ii) and (k) of 29 CFR 1926.502, which specify certification of 
safety nets and development of fall protection plans, respectively, and 
paragraph (b) of 29 CFR 1926.503, which requires employers to certify 
training records. The training certification requirement specified in 
paragraph (b) of 29 CFR 1926.503 documents the training provided to 
workers potentially exposed to fall hazards in construction. A 
competent person must train these workers to recognize fall hazards and 
in the use of procedures and equipment that minimize these hazards. An 
employer must verify compliance with this training requirement by 
preparing and maintaining a written certification record that contains 
the name or other identifier of the worker receiving the training, the 
date(s) of the training, and the signature of the competent person who 
conducted the training, or of the employer. For additional substantive 
information about this ICR, see the related notice published in the 
Federal Register on May 26, 2023 (88 FR 34186).
    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 Fall Protection Systems Criteria, 
Practices, and Training Requirements.
    OMB Control Number: 1218-0197.
    Affected Public: Private Sector--Businesses or other for-profits.
    Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 406,714.
    Total Estimated Number of Responses: 6,072,808.
    Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 506,903 hours.
    Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $0.

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

Nicole Bouchet,
Acting Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2023-20395 Filed 9-20-23; 8:45 am]