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• Publication Date: 12/13/2012
• Publication Type: Notice
• Fed Register #: 77: 74224-74225
• Standard Number: 1904
• Title: OSHA Data Initiative (ODI); Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements

[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 240 (Thursday, December 13, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 74224-74225]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-30044]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. OSHA-2012-0037]


OSHA Data Initiative (ODI); Extension of the Office of Management
and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork)
Requirements

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

ACTION: Request for public comments.

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SUMMARY: OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to
extend OMB approval of the information collection requirements for
OSHA's Data Initiative program.

DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
February 11, 2013.

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-2012-0037,
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 Information Collection Request (ICR) (OSHA-2012-
0037). 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: Dave Schmidt, Office of Statistical
Analysis, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S.
Department of Labor, Room N-3507, 200 Constitution Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20210, telephone: (202) 693-1886 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 Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce
paperwork and respondent (i.e., employer) burden, conducts a
preclearance consultation program to provide the public with an
opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing information
collection requirements in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act
of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). This program ensures that
information is in the desired format, reporting burden (time and costs)
is minimal, collection instruments are clearly understood, and OSHA's estimate of the
information collection burden is accurate. The Occupational Safety and
Health Act of 1970 (the OSH Act) (29 U.S.C. 651 et seq.) authorizes
information collection by employers as necessary or appropriate for
enforcement of the OSH Act or for developing information regarding the
causes and prevention of occupational injuries, illnesses, and
accidents (29 U.S.C. 657). The OSH Act also requires that OSHA obtain
such information with minimum burden upon employers, especially those
operating small businesses, and to reduce to the maximum extent
feasible unnecessary duplication of efforts in obtaining information
(29 U.S.C. 657).
    To meet many of OSHA's program needs, OSHA is proposing to continue
its collection of occupational injury and illness data and information
on the number of workers employed and the number of hours worked from
establishments in portions of the private sector and from some state
and local government agencies. OSHA will collect the data on an annual
basis from up to 100,000 employers already required to create and
maintain records pursuant to 29 CFR part 1904. These data will allow
OSHA to calculate occupational injury and illness rates and to focus
its efforts on individual workplaces with ongoing serious safety and
health problems. Successful implementation of this data collection is
critical to OSHA's outreach and enforcement efforts and the data
requirements tied to the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA).

II. Special Issues for Comment

    Public comment is invited on all issues raised by this Federal
Register Notice. OSHA has a particular interest in comments on the
following issues:
     Whether the proposed information collection requirements
are necessary for the proper performance of the Agency's functions,
including whether the information is useful;
     The accuracy of OSHA's estimate of the burden (time and
costs) of the information collection requirements, including the
validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
     The quality, utility, and clarity of the information
collected; and
     Ways to minimize the burden on employers who must comply;
for example, by using automated or other technological information
collection and transmission techniques.

III. Proposed Actions

    This notice requests public comments on an extension of the current
OMB approval of the paperwork requirements for the OSHA Data Initiative
program.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Title: OSHA Data Initiative (ODI).
    OMB Control Number: 1218-0209.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profits; Farms; and State,
Local and Tribal Government.
    Number of Respondents: 100,000.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Average Time per Response: 10 minutes (.17 hour).
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 16,667.
    Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $439,509.

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
e-Rulemaking Portal; (2) by facsimile (fax); or (3) by hard copy. All
comments, attachments, and other material must identify the Agency name
and OSHA docket number for the ICR (Docket No. OSHA-2012-0037). 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 dates of birth. Although all submissions
are listed in the http://www.regulations.govindex, 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 through 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, Ph.D., 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
(72 FR 55355).

    Signed at Washington, DC, on December 7, 2012.
David Michaels,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2012-30044 Filed 12-12-12; 8:45 am]
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