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• Publication Date: 01/13/2011
• Publication Type: Notice
• Fed Register #: 76:2418-2420
• Standard Number: 1904
• Title: Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (1218-0176)

[Federal Register: January 13, 2011 (Volume 76, Number 9)]
[Notices]               
[Page 2418-2420]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. OSHA-2010-0055]

 
Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public 
Comment and Recommendations; Recording and Reporting Occupational 
Injuries and Illnesses (1218-0176)

AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.

ACTION: Request for public comment.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to 
reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance 
consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies 
with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or 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. The Occupational 
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is soliciting comments 
concerning the proposed extension of approval for the current paperwork 
requirements of 29 CFR part 1904, Recording and Reporting Occupational 
Injuries and Illnesses. A copy of the proposed information collection 
request can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the 
address section of this notice.

DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by 
March 14, 2011.

ADDRESSES:
    Electronically: You may submit comments and attachments 
electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal 
eRulemaking Portal. Follow the instructions online for submitting 
comments.
    Facsimile: If your comments, including attachments, are not longer 
than 10 pages, you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-
1648.
    Mail, hand delivery, express mail, messenger, or courier service: 
When using this method, you must submit three copies of your comments 
and attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA-2010-0055, 
U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health 
Administration, Room N-2625, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, 
DC 20210. Deliveries (hand, express mail, messenger, and courier 
service) are accepted during the Department of Labor's and Docket 
Office's normal business hours, 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., e.t.
    Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and OSHA 
docket number for the ICR (OSHA-2010-0055). All comments, including any 
personal information you provide, are placed in the public docket 
without change, and may be made available online at http://www.regulations.gov. 
For further information on submitting comments see the "Public Participation"
heading in the section of this notice titled SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
    Docket: To read or download comments or other material in the 
docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov or the OSHA Docket Office at 
the address above. All documents in the docket (including this Federal 
Register notice) are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index; 
however, some information (e.g., copyrighted material) is not publicly 
available to read or download through the Web site. All submissions, 
including copyrighted material, are available for inspection and 
copying at the OSHA Docket Office. You may also contact Rex Tingle at 
the address below to obtain a copy of the ICR.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rex Tingle at Office of Statistical 
Analysis, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. 
Department of Labor, Room N3507, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC 20210, telephone: (202) 693-1926, or Todd Owen, 
Directorate of Standards and Guidance, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, 
Room N-3609, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; 
telephone (202) 693-2222.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    The OSH Act and 29 CFR part 1904 prescribe that certain employers 
maintain records of job-related injuries and illnesses. The injury and 
illness records are intended to have multiple purposes. One purpose is 
to provide data needed by OSHA to carry out enforcement and 
intervention activities to provide workers a safe and healthy work 
environment. The data are also needed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics 
to report on the number and rate of occupational injuries and illnesses 
in the country. The data also provides information to employers and 
employees of the kinds of injuries and illnesses occurring in the 
workplace and their related hazards. Increased employer awareness 
should result in the identification and voluntary correction of 
hazardous workplace conditions. Likewise, employees who are provided 
information on injuries and illnesses will be more likely to follow 
safe work practices and report workplace hazards. This would generally 
raise the overall level of safety and health in the workplace. OSHA 
currently has approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
for information collection requirements contained in 29 CFR part 1904. 
That approval will expire on [February 29, 2011] unless OSHA applies 
for an extension of the OMB approval. This notice initiates the process 
for OSHA to request an extension of the current OMB approval. This 
notice also solicits public comment on OSHA's existing paperwork burden 
estimates from those interested parties and seeks public responses to 
several questions related to the development of OSHA's estimates. 
Interested parties are requested to review OSHA's estimates, which are 
based upon the most current data available, and to comment on their 
accuracy or appropriateness in today's workplace situation.

II. Current Actions

    OSHA is requesting that OMB extend its approval of the information 
collection requirements contained in the Standard 29 CFR part 1904, 
Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses.
    The Agency is requesting to reduce its current burden hour estimate 
associated with this Standard from 3,072,978 to 2,967,237 hours for a 
total reduction of 105,741 hours. The Agency will summarize the 
comments submitted in response to this notice and will include this 
summary in the request to OMB.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Title: 29 CFR part 1904, Recording and Reporting Occupational 
Injuries and Illnesses (1218-0176).
    OMB Number: 1218-0176.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profits; farms; not-for-
profit institutions; State and local government.
    Cite/Reference/Form/etc.: 29 CFR part 1904; OSHA Form 300; OSHA 
Form 300A; OSHA Form 301.
    Number of Respondents: 1,585,374.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Average Time per Response: 2 hours to complete based on the 
information required.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 2,967,237.
    Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $136,753,120.

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 as follows: 
(1) Electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal 
eRulemaking Portal; (2) by facsimile (FAX); or (3) by hard copy. All 
comments, attachments, and other material must identify the Agency name 
and the OSHA docket number for the ICR (Docket No. OSHA-2010-0055). You 
may supplement electronic submissions by uploading document files electronically. 
If you wish to mail additional materials in reference to an electronic or facsimile 
submission, you must submit them to the OSHA Docket Office (see the 
section of this notice titled ADDRESSES). The additional materials must 
clearly identify your electronic comments by your name, date, and the 
docket number so the Agency can attach them to your comments.
    Because of security procedures, the use of regular mail may cause a 
significant delay in the receipt of comments. For information about 
security procedures concerning the delivery of materials by hand, 
express delivery, messenger, or courier service, please contact the 
OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-2350 (TTY (877) 889-5627).
    Comments and submissions are posted without change at http://www.regulations.gov. 
Therefore, OSHA cautions commenters about submitting personal information such as 
social security numbers and date of birth. Although all submissions are listed in 
the http://www.regulations.gov index, some information (e.g., copyrighted 
material) is not publicly available to read or download through this 
Web site. All submissions, including copyrighted material, are 
available for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office. 
Information on using the http://www.regulations.gov Web site to submit 
comments and access the docket is available at the Web site's "User 
Tips" link. Contact the OSHA Docket Office for information about 
materials not available through the Web site, and for assistance in 
using the Internet to locate docket submissions.

V. Authority and Signature

    David Michaels, PhD, MPH, 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. 4-2010 
(75 FR 55355).

    Signed at Washington, DC, on January 10, 2011.
David Michaels,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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