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• Publication Date: 09/12/1997
• Publication Type: Notice
• Fed Register #: 62:48110-48111
• Standard Number: 1910.146
• Title: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Office of the Secretary

Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

September 9, 1997.

The Department of Labor (DOL) has submitted the following public information collection requests (ICRs) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). A copy of each individual ICR, with applicable supporting documentation, may be obtained by calling the Department of Labor, Departmental Clearance Officer, Theresa M. O'Malley (202) 219-5096 ext. 143) or by E-Mail to OMalley-Theresa@dol.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TTY/TDD) may call (202) 219-4720 between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday-Friday.

Comments should be sent to Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for BLS, DM, ESA, ETA, MSHA, OSHA, PWBA, or VETS, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503 (202) 395-7316, within 30 days from the date of this publication in the Federal Register.

The OMB is particularly interested in comments which:

  • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;
  • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
  • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and
  • Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.

Agency: Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Title: Consumer Price Index Housing Survey.

OMB Number: 1220-0034 (revision).

Frequency: Semi-annually.

Affected Public: Individuals or households; Business or other for- profit.

Number of Respondents: 38,000.

Estimated Time Per Respondent: 6 minutes.

Total Burden Hours: 7,600.

Total Annualized capital/startup costs: 0.

Total annual costs (operating/maintaining systems or purchasing services): 0.

Description: This request is for a one-year revision of the collection of housing information based on 1980 Census data. In order to facilitate a smooth transition and continuity of the housing indexes into the revision sample, the current sample will be collected through calendar year 1998.

Agency: Employment and Training Administration.

Title: Attestations by Employers Using Alien Crewmembers for Longshore Activities at Locations in the State of Alaska (extension).

OMB Number: 1205-0352.

Frequency: Annually.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.

Number of Respondents: 350.

Estimated Time Per Respondent: 3 hours.

Total Burden Hours: 1,050.

Total Annualized capital/startup costs: 0.

Total annual costs (operating/maintaining systems or purchasing services): 0.

Description: The information provided on this form by employers seeking to use alien crewmembers to perform longshore activities at locations in the State of Alaska will permit the Department to meet Federal responsibilities for program administration, management and oversight.

Agency: Mine Safety and Health Administration.

Title: Application for Use of Explosive Materials and Blasting Units (30 CFR 57,22606).

OMB Number: 1219-0095 (reinstatement without change).

Frequency: On occasion.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.

Number of Respondents: 7.

Estimated Time Per Respondent: 1 hour.

Total Burden Hours: 7.

Total Annualized capital/startup costs: 0.

Total annual costs (operating/maintaining systems or purchasing services): 0.

Description: In the absence of permissible explosives or blasting units having adequate blasting capacity for metal and nonmetal gassy mines, this standard provides procedures by which mine operators shall notify MSHA of all non-approved explosive materials and blasting units to be used prior to their use in underground gassy metal and nonmetal mines.

MSHA uses this information to determine that the explosive and procedures to be used are safe for blasting in a gassy underground mine.

Agency: Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Title: Permit-Required Confined Spaces (29 CFR Part 1910.146).

OMB Number: 1218-0203 (extension).

Frequency: On occasion.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit; Federal Government; State, Local or Tribal Government.

Number of Respondents: 1,135,071.

Estimated Time Per Respondent: .60 hours.

Total Burden Hours: 1,515,511.

Total Annualized capital/startup costs: 0.

Total annual costs (operating/maintaining systems or purchasing services): 0.

Description: The 29 CFR Part 1910.146 prescribes standards for protecting employees from the hazards associated with entry into permit-required confined spaces. The standard requires the creation of a written permit entry plan and the use of written permits to enter permit spaces. Employees risk exposure to hazards such as: toxic and explosive atmospheres, oxygen deficient atmospheres, electric and mechanical energy, inwardly sloping walls and immersion in flowing material.

Theresa M. O'Malley,
Departmental Clearance Officer.

[FR Doc. 97-24227 Filed 9-11-97; 8:45 am)


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