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• Publication Date: 04/27/1999
• Publication Type: Notice
• Fed Register #: 64:22652
• Title: Strategic Partnership for Worker Safety and Health

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. ICR-99-2]

Strategic Partnership for Worker Safety and Health

AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Labor.

ACTION: Notice; proposed information collection request; submitted for public comment and recommendations.


SUMMARY: The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burdens, is conducting a preclearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA 95) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is soliciting comments concerning the approval for the paperwork requirements for participation in OSHA Strategic Partnerships for Worker Safety and Health.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before June 28, 1999.

Comments should:

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 their 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 the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses.

ADDRESSES: Comments are to be submitted to the Docket Office, Docket ICR-99-2, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-2625, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20210, (202) 693-2350. Written comments limited to 10 pages or less may be transmitted by facsimile to (202) 693-1648.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Cathy Oliver, Directorate of Federal-State Operations, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N3700, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210, (202) 693-2208. Copies of the reference information collection requests are available for inspection and copying in the Docket Office and will be mailed immediately to persons who request copies by telephoning Ms. Oliver at (202) 693-2213 or B. Bielaski at (202) 693-2444. For electronic copies of the information collection request on Strategic Partnerships for Worker Safety and Health, contact OSHA's Web Page on Internet at http://www.osha.gov and click on "Regulations and Compliance.".

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will be requesting approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for certain information collection requirements contained in its procedures for Strategic Partnerships for Worker Safety and Health. This notice initiates the process for OSHA to request an OMB approval.

As part of OMB's and OSHA's continuing paperwork reduction effort, OSHA seeks to reduce that paperwork burden hours in the Strategic Partnerships for Worker Safety and Health based on input from parties. The purpose of this notice is to solicit public comment on OSHA's paperwork burden estimates from those interested parties and to seek public response to several questions related to the development of OSHA's estimates. Interested parties are requested to review OSHA's estimates, which are based on information from historical data, to comment on their accuracy or appropriateness in today's workplace situation.

Current Action

This notice requests public comment on OSHA's burden hour estimates prior to OSHA seeking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval of the information collection (paperwork) requirements of the Strategic Partnerships for Worker Safety and Health.

Type of Review: New Collection.

Agency: Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor.

Title: Strategic Partnerships for Worker Safety and Health.

OMB Number: 1218-0NEW.

Agency Number: Docket No. ICR-99-2.

Affected Public: Business.

Total Respondents: 25 partnerships per year affecting approximately 500 employers.

Frequency: On occasion.

Total Responses: 1,000.

Estimated Time Per Respondent: 29.72 hours per year.

Estimated Total Burden Hours: 14,860 hours per year.

Estimated annualized capital/startup costs: $0

Estimated annual costs (operating and maintenance): $0.

Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval of the information collection request; they will also become a matter of public record.

Signed this 21st Day of April, 1999.

Charles N. Jeffress,
Assistant Secretary.

[FR Doc. 99-10474 Filed 4-26-99; 8:45 am]

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