[Federal Register: October 27, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 207)]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. ICR 1218-0202 (2006)]
Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER);
Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information
Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
ACTION: Request for public comment.
SUMMARY: OSHA solicits public comment concerning its request for an
extension of the information collection requirements contained in its
Standard on Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response
(HAZWOPER) (29 CFR 1910.120).
DATEs: Comments must be submitted by the following dates:
Hard copy. Your comments must be submitted (postmarked or received)
by December 27, 2005.
Facsimile and electronic transmission. Your comments must be
received by December 27, 2005.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by OSHA Docket No. ICR-
1218-0202 (2006), by any of the following methods:
Regular mail, express delivery, hand delivery, and messenger
service: Submit your comments and attachments in the OSHA Docket
Office, Room N-2625, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue,
NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 693-2350 (OSHA's TTY number
is (877) 889-5627). OSHA Docket Office and Department of Labor hours
are 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., ET.
Facsimile: If your comments are 10 pages or fewer in length,
including attachments, you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at
Electronic: You may submit comments through the Internet at http://ecomments.osha.gov.
Follow instructions on the OSHA Web page for
Docket: For access to the docket to read or download comments or
background materials, such as the complete Information Collection
Request (ICR)(containing the Supporting Statement, OMB-83-I Form, and
attachments), go to OSHA's Web page at http://OSHA.gov. In addition,
the ICR, comments, and submissions are available for inspection and
copying at the OSHA Docket Office at the address above. You also may
contact Theda Kenney at the address below to obtain a copy of the ICR.
For additional information on submitting comments, please see the
``Public Participation'' heading in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
section of this document.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Theda Kenney or Todd Owen, Directorate
of Standards and Guidance, OSHA, Room N-3609, 200 Constitution Avenue,
NW., Washington, DC 20210, telephone: (202) 693-2222.
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing efforts 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-95) (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, collection instruments
are clearly understood, and OSHA's estimate of the information
collection burden is accurate. The Occupational Safety and Health Act
of 1970 (the Act) (29 U.S.C. 651 et seq.) authorizes information
collection by employers as necessary or appropriate for enforcement of
the Act or for developing information regarding the causes and
prevention of occupational injuries, illnesses, and accidents (29
The standard specifies a number of collection of information
(paperwork) requirements. Employers can use the information collected
under the HAZWOPER rule to develop the various programs the standard
requires and to ensure that their employees are trained properly about
the safety and health hazards associated with hazardous waste
operations and emergency response to hazardous waste releases. OSHA
will use the records developed in response to this standard to find
adequate compliance with the safety and health provisions. The
employer's failure to collect and distribute the information required
in this standard will affect significantly OSHA's effort to control and
reduce injuries and fatalities. Such failure would also be contrary to
the direction Congress provided in Superfund Amendments
and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA) (Public Law 99-499).
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,
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
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 the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
extend the approval of the collection of information (paperwork)
requirements contained in the standard on Hazardous Waste Operations
and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) (29 CFR 1910.120). The Agency will
summarize the comments submitted in response to this notice, and will
include this summary in its request to OMB to extend the approval of
the collection of information requirements contained in the standard.
Type of Review: Extension of currently approved information
Title: Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response
OMB Number: 1218-0202.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profits; not-for-profit
organizations; Federal government; State, local, or tribal government.
Number of Respondents: 35,529.
Frequency of Response: On occasion.
Total Responses: 1,199,402.
Average Time Per Response: Varies from one minute (.02 hour) to
maintain a certification record to 24 hours for initial employee
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 1,245,250.
Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $3,350,750.
IV. Public Participation--Submission of Comments on This Notice and
Internet Access to Comments and Submissions
You may submit comments and supporting materials in response to
this notice by (1) hard copy, (2) fax transmission (facsimile), or (3)
electronically through the OSHA Web page. Because of security-related
problems, a significant delay may occur in the receipt of comments by
regular mail. Please contact the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-2350
(TTY (877) 889-5627) for information about security procedures
concerning the delivery of submissions by express delivery, hand
delivery, and courier service.
All comments, submissions and background documents are available
for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office at the above
address. Comments and submissions posted on OSHA's Web page are
available at http://www.OSHA.gov. Contact the OSHA Docket Office for
information about materials not available through the OSHA Web page and
for assistance using the Web page to locate docket submissions.
Electronic copies of this Federal Register notice, as well as other
relevant documents, are available on OSHA's Web page. Since all
submissions become public, private information such as social security
numbers should not be submitted.
V. Authority and Signature
Jonathan L. Snare, Acting Assistant Security 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. 5-
2002 (67 FR 65008).
Dated: Signed at Washington, DC, on October 21, 2005.
Jonathan L. Snare,
Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor.
[FR Doc. 05-21477 Filed 10-26-05; 8:45 am]
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