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• Publication Date: 11/26/2007
• Publication Type: Notice
• Fed Register #: 72:65986-65987
• Standard Number: 1910.1096; 1926.552
• Title: Submission for OMB Review: Comment Request

[Federal Register: November 26, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 226)]
[Notices]               
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Office of the Secretary

 
Submission for OMB Review: Comment Request

November 19, 2007.
    The Department of Labor (DOL) hereby announces the submission of 
the following public information collection requests (ICR) 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 ICR, with applicable supporting 
documentation; including among other things a description of the likely 
respondents, proposed frequency of response, and estimated total burden 
may be obtained from the RegInfo.gov Web site at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain
or by contacting Darrin King on 202-693-4129 (this is not a toll-free number)/e-mail: king.darrin@dol.gov.
    Interested parties are encouraged to send comments to the Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: John Kraemer, OMB Desk 
Officer for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 
Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, 
Telephone: 202-395-7316/Fax: 202-395-6974 (these are not toll-free 
numbers), E-mail: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov within 30 days from the 
date of this publication in the Federal Register. In order to ensure 
the appropriate consideration, comments should reference the OMB 
Control Number (see below).
    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: Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
    Type of Review: Extension without change of a previously approved 
collection.
    Title: Ionizing Radiation (29 CFR 1910.1096).
    OMB Control Number: 1218-0103.
    Affected Public: Private Sector: Business or other for-profits.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 12,719.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 39,531.
    Estimated Total Annual Costs Burden: $2,341,440.
    Description: The purpose of the information collection requirements 
contained in the Ionizing Radiation Standard (29 CFR 1910.1096) is to 
document that employers are providing their employees with protection 
from hazardous ionizing radiation exposure.

    Agency: Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
    Type of Review: Extension without change of a previously approved 
collection.
    Title: Material Hoists, Personnel Hoists, and Elevators; Posting 
Requirements (29 CFR 1926.552).
    OMB Control Number: 1218-0231.
    Affected Public: Private Sector: Business or other for-profits.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 26,547.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 30,282.
    Estimated Total Annual Costs Burden: $0.
    Description: The information collection requirements contained in 
the Standard on Material Hoists, Personnel Hoists, and Elevators (29 
CFR 1926.552), are designed to protect employees who operate and work 
around personnel hoists.

    Agency: Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
    Type of Review: Extension without change of a previously approved 
collection.
    Title: Regulations Containing Procedures for Handling of 
Discrimination Complaints.
    OMB Control Number: 1218-0236.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 390.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 390.
    Estimated Total Annual Costs Burden: $0.
    Description: The Department of Labor, through the Occupational 
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), is responsible for 
investigating alleged violations of whistleblower provisions contained 
in certain Federal laws that prohibit retaliatory action by employers 
against employees who report unsafe or unlawful practices. These 
whistleblower protections prohibit an employer from discharging or 
otherwise retaliating against an employee with respect to compensation, 
terms, conditions or privileges of employment because the employee 
engages in any of the activities specified in the particular statute as 
a protected activity. This information collection covers the 
whistleblower protection provisions under the following statutes: (1) 
Safe Water Drinking Act, 42 U.S.C. 300j-9(I); (2) Water Pollution 
Control Act, 33 U.S.C. 1367; (3) Toxic Substances Control Act, 15 
U.S.C. 2622; (4) Solid Waste Disposal Act, 42 U.S.C. 7001; (5) Clean 
Air Act, 42 U.S.C. 7622; (6) Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, 42 
U.S.C. 5851, (7) Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and 
Liability Act of 1980, 42 U.S.C. 9610, (8) Wendell H. Ford Aviation 
Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century, 49 U.S.C. 42121 (AIR 
21), (9) Sarbanes-Oxley Act, 18 U.S.C. 1514A, and (10) Pipeline Safety 
Improvement Act, 49 U.S.C. 60129.
    Regulations at 29 CFR part 24, 29 CFR part 1979, 29 CFR part 1980, 
and 29 CFR part 1981 set forth the procedures for the handling of 
retaliation complaints under these Federal employee protection 
statutes. Employees who believe that they have been discriminated 
against by employers, in violation of whistleblower provisions in 
certain law, for reporting unlawful practices that adversely affect 
occupational safety and health, and the environment, are required to 
place their allegations in writing so they may, where appropriate, be 
investigated by the Department of Labor.

Darrin A. King,
Acting Departmental Clearance Officer.
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