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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 22 (Friday, February 3, 2017)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-02317]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Office of the Secretary
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB
Review; Comment Request; Occupational Noise Exposure Standard
SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sponsored information
collection request (ICR) titled,
"Occupational Noise Exposure Standard," 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).
Public comments on the ICR are invited.
DATES: The OMB will consider all written comments that agency receives
on or before March 6, 2017.
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
http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=201611-1218-002 (this link will only become active
on the day following publication of this notice) or by contacting
Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-4129, TTY 202-693-8064, (these are
not toll-free numbers) or by email at DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.
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: 202-395-5806 (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
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This ICR seeks to extend PRA authority for
the Occupational Noise Exposure Standard information collection
requirements specified in regulations 29 CFR 1910.95 that require an
Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) covered employer to
monitor worker exposure to noise when it is likely such exposures may
equal or exceed 85 decibels measured on the A scale (dBA) on an 8-hour
time-weighted average (TWA) (action level); to take action to reduce
noise exposures to the 90 dBA permissible exposure limit; and to
provide an effective hearing conservation program (HCP) for all workers
exposed to noise at a level greater than, or equal to, a TWA of 85 dBA.
The HCP contains annual audiometric testing for workers; a provision
for providing hearing protection devices to exposed workers; education
and training of exposed workers; and maintenance of records pertaining
to noise exposure-monitoring and audiometric testing. OSH Act sections
2(b), 6, and 8 authorize the information collection provisions. See 29
U.S.C. 651(b), 655, and 657. See 29 U.S.C. 651(b), 29 U.S.C. 655 and 29
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 1218-0048.
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 February 28, 2017. 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 October 4, 2016 (81 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 within thirty (30) days of publication of this
notice in the Federal Register. In order to help ensure appropriate
consideration, comments should mention OMB Control Number 1218-0048.
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: Occupational Noise Exposure Standard.
OMB Control Number: 1218-0048.
Affected Public: Private Sector--businesses or other for-profits.
Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 216,055.
Total Estimated Number of Responses: 15,356,111.
Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 2,184,591 hours.
Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $31,242,929.
Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D).
Dated: January 25, 2017.
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2017-02317 Filed 2-2-17; 8:45 am]
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