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• Publication Date: 02/20/2014
• Publication Type: Notices
• Fed Register #: 79: 9768-9769
• Standard Number: 1904
• Title: Recordkeeping and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's [OMB] Approval of Information Collection [Paperwork] Requirements

[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 34 (Thursday, February 20, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 9768-9769]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-03595]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. OSHA-2010-0055]


Recordkeeping and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses; 
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 the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of the 
information collection requirements contained in the regulation on 
Recordkeeping and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (29 CFR 
part 1904).

DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by 
April 21, 2014.

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 a copy of your comments and 
attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, OSHA 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 the 
OSHA docket number for the Information Collection Request (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 from the Web site. All submissions, 
including copyrighted material, are available for inspection and 
copying at the OSHA Docket Office. You may also contact Theda Kenney at 
the address below to obtain a copy of the ICR.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rex Tingle at the 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 Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) and 29 CFR part 
1904 require 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 secure for 
workers a safe and healthful work environment. The data also provides 
the Bureau of Labor Statistics information to report on the number and 
rate of occupational injuries and illnesses in the country. In 
addition, the data informs employers and workers on 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, workers 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 the information 
collection requirements contained in 29 CFR part 1904. That approval 
will expire on May 31, 2014, 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 
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 for today's workplaces.

II. Special Issues for Comment

    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 Action

    OSHA is requesting that OMB extend its approval of the information 
collection requirements contained in the regulation at 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 2,967,237 to 2,714,085 hours for a 
total reduction of 253,152 hours. The Agency will summarize any 
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: Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses 
29 CFR part 1904.
    OMB Control Number: 1218-0176.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profits; farms; not-for-
profit institutions; state and local government.
    Number of Respondents: 1,533,830.
    Frequency of Responses: On occasion.
    Average Time per Response: 2 hours to complete forms based on the 
information required.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 2,714,085.
    Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $0.

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 from 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, 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. 1-2012 
(77 FR 3912).

    Dated: Signed at Washington, DC on February 12, 2014.
David Michaels,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2014-03595 Filed 2-19-14; 8:45 am]
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