[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 146 (Friday, July 29, 2011)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-19219]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Office of the Secretary
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB
Review; Comment Request; Confined and Enclosed Spaces and Other
Dangerous Atmospheres in Shipyard Employment
SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sponsored information
collection request (ICR) titled, "Confined and Enclosed Spaces and
Other Dangerous Atmospheres in Shipyard Employment," 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 before 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 Confined and Enclosed Spaces and Other
Dangerous Atmospheres in Shipyard Employment Standards of 29 CFR part
1915 require that employers: (1) Ensure competent persons conduct
inspections and atmospheric testing prior to workers entering a
confined or enclosed space (Sec. 1915.12(a)-(c)); (2) warn workers not
to enter hazardous spaces and other dangerous atmospheres (Sec. Sec.
1915.12 (a)-(c), 1915.16); (3) train workers who will be entering
confined or enclosed spaces and certify such training has been provided
(Sec. 1915.12(d)); (4) establish and train shipyard rescue teams or
arrange for outside rescue teams and provide them with information
(Sec. 1915.12(e)); (5) ensure one person on each rescue team maintains
a current first aid training certificate (Sec. 1915.12(e)); (6)
exchange information regarding hazards, safety rules, and emergency
procedures concerning these spaces and atmospheres with other employers
whose workers may enter these spaces and atmospheres (Sec.
1915.12(f)); (7) ensure testing of spaces having contained combustible
or flammable liquids or gases and toxic, corrosive, or irritating
substances, and other dangerous atmospheres, boundaries or pipelines
before cleaning and other cold work is started and as necessary
thereafter while the operations are ongoing (Sec. 1915.13(b)(2) and
(4)); (8) post signs prohibiting ignition sources within or near a
space that contains bulk quantities of flammable or combustible liquids
or gases (Sec. 1915.13(b)(10)); (9) ensure confined and enclosed
spaces are tested before workers perform hot work in these work areas
(Sec. 1915.14(a)); (10) post warnings of testing conducted by
competent persons and certificates of testing conducted by a Marine
Chemist or Coast Guard authorized person in the immediate vicinity of
the hot-work operation while the operation is in progress (Sec.
1915.14(a) and (b)); and (11) retain certificates of testing on file
for at least three months after completing the operation (Sec.
These information collections are 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 1218-0011. The current
OMB approval is scheduled to expire on August 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 March 29, 2011 (76 FR 17448).
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 1218-0011.
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: Confined and Enclosed Spaces and Other
Dangerous Atmospheres in Shipyard Employment.
OMB Control Number: 1218-0011.
Affected Public: Private Sector--Businesses or other for-profits.
Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 639.
Total Estimated Number of Responses: 1,905,700.
Total Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 312,764.
Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $0.
Dated: July 25, 2011.
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2011-19219 Filed 7-28-11; 8:45 am]
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