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• Publication Date: 03/20/2012
• Publication Type: Notice
• Fed Register #: 77: 16265
• Standard Number: 1910.146
• Title: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Permit-Required Confined Spaces Standard

[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 54 (Tuesday, March 20, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Page 16265]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-6678]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Office of the Secretary


Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB 
Review; Comment Request; Permit-Required Confined Spaces Standard

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Occupational 
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sponsored information 
collection request (ICR) titled, "Permit-Required Confined Spaces 
Standard," 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 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.).

DATES: Submit comments on or before April 19, 2012.

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 email 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 DOL-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), 
email: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-
4129 (this is not a toll-free number) or by email at DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the authority granted by the 
Occupational Safety and Health Act, 29 U.S.C. 651 et seq., the OSHA 
published at 29 CFR 1910.146 a safety standard for general industry 
regulating permit-required confined spaces, including requirements for 
developing and maintaining inspection records used by employers and 
employees whenever entry is made into permit-required confined spaces. 
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-
0203. The current OMB approval is scheduled to expire on March 31, 
2012; 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 December 14, 2011 (76 FR 
77850).
    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 1218-0203. 
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: DOL-OSHA.
    Title of Collection: Permit-Required Confined Spaces Standard.
    OMB Control Number: 1218-0203.
    Affected Public: Private sector--Businesses or Other For-Profits.
    Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 209,045.
    Total Estimated Number of Responses: 8,644,934.
    Total Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 1,433,443.
    Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $0.

    Dated: March 14, 2012.
Michel Smyth,
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-6678 Filed 3-19-12; 8:45 am]
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