[Federal Register: November 25, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 226)]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. ICR-1218-0244 (2006)]
OSHA Strategic Partnership Program for Worker Safety and Health
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
ACTION: Request for public comment.
SUMMARY: In accordance with 5 CFR 1320.8(d), the Occupational Safety
and Health Administration (OSHA) requests comments concerning its
proposed extension of the collection of information requirements
specified in the OSHA Strategic Partnership Program for Worker Safety
and Health (OSPP).
DATES: Comments must be submitted by the following dates:
Hard copy: Your comments must be submitted (postmarked or received)
by January 24, 2006.
Facsimile and electronic transmission: Your comments must be
received by January 24, 2006.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by OSHA Docket No. ICR-
1218-0244(2006), by any of the following methods:
Regular mail, express delivery, hand delivery, and messenger
service: Submit your comments and attachments to 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., e.t.
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://www.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 may also contact Cathy Oliver 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: Cathy Oliver, Directorate of
Cooperative and State Programs, Occupational Safety and Health
Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-3700, 200 Constitution
Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210, (202) 693-2208.
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce
paperwork and respondent (i.e., employer) burdens, 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 correct. The
Occupational Safety and Health Act of the 1970 (the Act) 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 U.S.C. 657 et seq.).
The OSPP allows OSHA to enter into an extended, voluntary,
cooperative relationship with groups of employers, employees, and
representatives (sometimes including other stakeholders, and sometimes
involving only one employer) to encourage, assist and recognize their
efforts to eliminate serious hazards and achieve a high level of worker
safety and health that goes beyond what historically has been achieved
through traditional enforcement methods. Each OSHA Strategic
Partnership (OSP) determines which information will be needed,
determining the best collection method, and clarifying how the
information will be used. At a minimum, each OSP must identify baseline
illness and injury data corresponding to all summary line items on the
OSHA 200/300 logs, and must track changes at either the worksite level
or participant-aggregate level. An OSP may also include other measures
of success, such as training activity, self inspections, and/or
workers' compensation data.
In this regard, the information collection requirements for the
OSPP is used by the Agency to gauge the effectiveness of its programs,
identify needed improvements, and ensure that its resources are being
used to good and effective purposes.
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 function,
including whether the information is useful;
The accuracy of OSHA's estimate of the burden (time and
costs) for 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 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 submission of responses.
III. Proposed Actions
OSHA is requesting that OMB extend the approval of the collection
of information (paperwork) requirements outlined by the Strategic
Partnership Program. In addition, the Agency proposes to use a blanket
approval, eliminating the need for the Agency to submit the collection
of information requirements for each individual partnership to OMB for
approval. The Agency also proposes to increase the existing burden
hours estimates as a result of the increasing the number of
partnerships. OSHA 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.
Type of Review: Extension of currently approved information
Title: OSHA Strategic Partnership Program for Worker Safety and
OMB Number: 1218-0244.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profits; not-for-profit
institutions; Federal government; State, local or tribal governments.
Number of Respondents: 5,113.
Estimated Time Per Respondent: 11 hours.
Total Burden Hours: 57,923.
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 by (1) hard
copy, (2) FAX transmission (facsimile), or (3) electronically through
the OSHA Web page. Because of security-related problems, there may be
significant delay 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 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. 5-
2002 (67 FR 65008).
Signed at Washington, DC, on November 17, 2005.
Jonathan L. Snare,
Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor.
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