[Federal Register: November 3, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 212)]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Office of the Secretary
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB
Review; Comment Request; Baseline Safety and Health Practices Survey
SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (DOL) hereby announces submission of
the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sponsored
information collection request (ICR), "Baseline Safety and Health
Practices Survey," to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for
review and approval for use in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction
Act of 1995 (PRA), Public Law 104-13, 44 U.S.C. chapter 35.
DATES: Submit comments on or before December 3, 2010.
ADDRESSES: A copy of this ICR, with applicable supporting
documentation; including a description of the likely respondents,
proposed frequency of response, and estimated total burden may be
obtained from the RegInfo.gov Web site, http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain
or by contacting Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-4129
(this is not a toll-free number) or sending an e-mail to
Submit comments about this request to the Office of Information and
Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for the Department of Labor,
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Office of
Management and Budget, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, Telephone:
202-395-6881/Fax: 202-395-5806 (these are not toll-free numbers),
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact Michel Smyth by telephone at
202-693-4129 (this is not a toll-free number) or by e-mail at
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The DOL is seeking OMB authorization of
information collections related to Baseline Safety and Health Practices
Survey. The OSHA is undertaking a rulemaking effort directed toward
requiring employers to establish injury and illness prevention programs
(I2P2) to monitor and more effectively implement practices to mitigate
workplace hazards, thereby reducing the incidence of employee injuries
and illnesses. The OSHA believes widespread implementation of such
programs will substantially improve overall workplace safety and health
The OSHA is proposing to conduct a statistical survey of private
sector establishments in non-agricultural industries. The goal of the
survey is to develop industry-specific, statistically accurate
estimates of current prevalence of a variety of baseline safety and
health practices that may be elements of I2P2 among establishments. The
OSHA also proposes to conduct case study interviews with establishments
in the agriculture sector to assess the prevalence of safety and health
practices among farms with more than 10 employees. Finally, the OSHA
proposes to conduct case study interviews with government officials in
state-plan states to assess safety and heath practices among agencies
and departments operated by state and local governments.
The Baseline Safety and Health Practices Survey is an information
collection subject to the PRA. A Federal agency generally cannot
conduct or sponsor a collection of information, and the public is
generally not required to respond to an information collection, unless
it is currently approved by the OMB under the PRA and displays a
currently valid OMB Control Number. In addition, notwithstanding any
other provision of law, no person shall generally be subject to penalty
for failing to comply with a collection of information if the
collection of information does not display a currently valid OMB
Control Number. See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 1320.6.
The DOL is seeking approval for this new information collection.
For additional information, see the related notice published in the
Federal Register on May 13, 2010 (75 FR 27001).
The DOL, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and
respondent burden, submits information collections for OMB
consideration after conducting a preclearance consultation program to
provide the public with an opportunity to comment on proposed and
continuing information collection requirements in accordance with the
PRA. See 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A). This program ensures that information
is in the desired format, reporting burden(time and cost) is minimal,
collection instruments are clearly understood, and the estimate of the
information collection burden is accurate.
Interested parties are encouraged to send comments to the OMB,
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the address shown in
the ADDRESSES section within 30 days of publication of this notice in
the Federal Register. In order to ensure appropriate consideration,
comments should reference OMB ICR Tracking Number 201010-1218-001. The
OMB is particularly interested in comments that:
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 (OSHA).
Type of Review: New collection of information.
Title of Collection: Baseline Safety and Health Practices.
Form Numbers: Not applicable.
OMB Control Number: Pending.
Affected Public: Private sector, Businesses, or other for-profits,
Farms; State, Local, and Tribal Governments.
Total Estimated Number of Responses: 10,787.
Total Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 4177.
Total Estimated Annual Costs Burden: $0.
Dated: October 27, 2010.
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2010-27753 Filed 11-2-10; 8:45 am]
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