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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 145 (Thursday, July 28, 2011)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-19015]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Office of the Secretary
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB
Review; Comment Request; Design of Excavation Cave-in Protection
SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sponsored information
collection request (ICR) titled, "Design of Excavation Cave-in
Protection Systems," to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for
review and approval for continued use in accordance with the Paperwork
Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. chapter 35).
DATES: Submit comments on or August 29, 2011.
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, on the
day following publication of this notice or by contacting Michel Smyth
by telephone at 202-693-4129 (this is not a toll-free number) or
sending an e-mail to DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.
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:
202-395-6929/Fax: 202-395-6881 (these are not toll-free numbers), e-
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-
4129 (this is not a toll-free number) or by e-mail at DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The design of cave-in protection systems is
needed by employers in the construction industry and OSHA compliance
officers to ensure cave-in protection systems are designed, installed,
and used in a manner to protect workers adequately. Regulations 29 CFR
1926.652 paragraphs (b) and (c) contain paperwork requirements that
impose burden hours or costs on employers. These paragraphs require
employers to use protective systems to prevent cave-ins during
excavation work; these systems include sloping the side of the trench,
benching the soil away from the excavation, or using a support system
or shield (such as a trench box). The Standard specifies allowable
configurations and slopes for excavations, and provides appendices to
assist employers in designing protective systems. The regulations also
provide options to how the required records are developed.
This information collection is 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 approved by the OMB under the PRA and displays
a currently valid OMB Control Number. In addition, notwithstanding any
other provisions 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 valid OMB Control Number.
See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 1320.6. The DOL obtains OMB approval for this
information collection under OMB Control Number 1218-0137. The current
OMB approval is scheduled to expire on July 31, 2011; however, it
should be noted that existing information collection requirements
submitted to the OMB receive a month-to-month extension while they
undergo review. For additional information, see the related notice
published in the Federal Register on April 6, 2011 (76 FR 19129).
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 help ensure appropriate
consideration, comments should reference OMB Control Number 1218-0137.
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).
Title of Collection: Design of Excavation Cave-in Protection
OMB Control Number: 1218-0137.
Affected Public: Private Sector--Businesses or other for-profits.
Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 11,800.
Total Estimated Number of Responses: 11,965.
Total Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 11,813.
Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $578,672.
Dated: July 21, 2011.
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2011-19015 Filed 7-27-11; 8:45 am]
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