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||Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Recordkeeping and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses
[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 102 (Wednesday, May 28, 2014)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-12299]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Office of the Secretary
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB
Review; Comment Request; Recordkeeping and Reporting Occupational
Injuries and Illnesses
SUMMARY: On May 30, 2014, the Department of Labor (DOL) will submit the
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sponsored
information collection request (ICR) titled, "Recordkeeping and
Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses," to the Office of
Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for continued use,
without change, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995
(PRA), 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. Public comments on the ICR are invited.
DATES: The OMB will consider all written comments that the agency
receives on or before June 30, 2014.
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 free of charge
from the RegInfo.gov Web site at
(this link will only become active
on May 31, 2014) or by contacting Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-
4129, TTY 202-693-8064, (these are not toll-free numbers) or by email
Submit comments about this request by mail or courier to the Office
of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for DOL-
OSHA, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW.,
Washington, DC 20503; by Fax: 202-395-6881 (this is not a toll-free
number); or by email: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov. Commenters are
encouraged, but not required, to send a courtesy copy of any comments
by mail or courier to the U.S. Department of Labor--OASAM, Office of
the Chief Information Officer, Attn: Departmental Information
Compliance Management Program, Room N1301, 200 Constitution Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20210; or by email: DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-
4129, TTY 202-693-8064, (these are not toll-free numbers) or by email
Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D).
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This ICR seeks to extend PRA authority for
the Recordkeeping and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses
information collection. The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHAct)
and regulations 29 CFR part 1904 prescribe that certain employers
maintain records of job related injuries and illnesses. The OSHA uses
the information to carry out enforcement and intervention activities to
secure for workers a safe and healthful work environment. The data also
provide 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 inform 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 receive 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. The OSHAct authorizes this
information collection. See 29 U.S.C. 657, 673.
The OSHA is currently engaged in two rulemakings that would modify
29 CFR part 1904 requirements: (1) Improve Tracking of Workplace
Injuries and Illnesses (78 FR 67254) and (2) NAICS Update and reporting
Revisions (76 FR 36414). A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking has been
published for each, and the public comment period for each rulemaking
has ended. The OSHA is currently developing a final rule for each
project. As previously noted, this ICR is a request to extend PRA
authorization for the injury and illness recordkeeping requirements
currently in effect. This ICR does not incorporate any changes from the
proposed rules. Any further changes resulting from rulemaking would be
approved under the PRA by a different ICR submitted to the OMB under
procedures applicable to an ICR associated with ongoing rulemaking
activity. See 5 CFR 1320.11 and 1320.12
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 that
does not display a valid Control Number. See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and
1320.6. The DOL obtains OMB approval for this information collection
under Control Number 1218-0176.
OMB authorization for an ICR cannot be for more than three (3)
years without renewal, and the current approval for
this collection is scheduled to expire on May 31, 2014. The DOL seeks
to extend PRA authorization for this information collection for three
(3) more years, without any change to existing requirements. The DOL
notes that existing information collection requirements submitted to
the OMB receive a month-to-month extension while they undergo review.
For additional substantive information about this ICR, see the related
notice published in the Federal Register on February 20, 2014 (79 FR
Interested parties are encouraged to send comments to the OMB,
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the address shown in
the ADDRESSES section by June 30, 2014. In order to help ensure
appropriate consideration, comments should mention OMB Control Number
1218-0176. 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.
Title of Collection: Recordkeeping and Reporting Occupational
Injuries and Illnesses.
OMB Control Number: 1218-0176.
Affected Public: State, Local, and Tribal Governments and Private
Sector--businesses or other for-profits, farms, and not-for-profit
Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,533,830.
Total Estimated Number of Responses: 5,961,893.
Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 2,714,085 hours.
Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $0.
Dated: May 21, 2014.
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2014-12299 Filed 5-27-14; 8:45 am]
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