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• Publication Date: 08/08/2017
• Publication Type: Notice
• Fed Register #: 82:37118-37120
• Standard Number: 1910.156
• Title: Fire Brigades Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements


  [Federal Register Volume 82, Number 151 (Tuesday, August 8, 2017)]
  [Notices]
  [Pages 37118-37120]
  From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
  [FR Doc No: 2017-16711]


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  DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

  Occupational Safety and Health Administration

  [Docket No. OSHA-2011-0009]


  Fire Brigades Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and
  Budget's 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 is soliciting public comments concerning its proposal to
  extend the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of the
  information collection requirements specified in the Fire Brigades
  Standard.

  DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
  October 10, 2017.

  ADDRESSES:
      Electronically: You may submit comments and attachments
  electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, 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 these methods, you must submit a copy of your comments and
  attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, OSHA Docket No. OSHA-2011-0009,
  Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of
  Labor, Room N-3653, 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, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., ET.
      Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and the
  OSHA docket number (OSHA-2011-0009) for the Information Collection
  Request (ICR). 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 materials 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: Theda Kenney, 202-693-2044,
  Kenney.Theda@dol.gov; Todd Owen, 202-693-1941, Owen.Todd@dol.gov.

  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 accord 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 OSHA to 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).
      OSHA does not mandate that employers establish fire brigades;
  however, if they do so, they must comply with the provisions of the
  Fire Brigades Standard. The provisions of the standard, including the
  paperwork requirements, apply to fire brigades, industrial fire
  departments, and private or contract fire departments, but not to
  airport crash rescue units or forest firefighting operations.
  Paragraphs (b)(1), (b)(2), and (c)(4) contain the paperwork
  requirements of the standard.
      Under paragraph (b)(1) of the standard, employers must develop and
  maintain an organizational statement that establishes the: Existence of
  a fire brigade; the basic organizational structure of the brigade;
  type, amount, and frequency of training provided to brigade members;
  expected number of members in the brigade; and functions that the
  brigade is to perform. This paragraph also specifies that the
  organizational statement must be available for review by workers, their
  designated representatives, and OSHA compliance officers. The
  organizational statement describes the functions performed by the
  brigade members and, thereby, determines the level of training and type
  of personal protective equipment (PPE) necessary for these members to
  perform their assigned functions safely. Making the statement available
  to workers, their designated representatives, and OSHA compliance
  officers ensures that the elements of the statement are consistent with
  the functions performed by the brigade members and the occupational
  hazards they experience, and that employers are providing training and
  PPE appropriate to these functions and hazards.
      To permit a worker with known heart disease, epilepsy, or emphysema
  to participate in fire brigade emergency activities, paragraph (b)(2)
  of the standard requires employers to obtain a physician's certificate
  of the worker's fitness. This provision provides employers with a
  direct and efficient means of ascertaining whether or not they can
  safely expose workers with these medical conditions to the hazards of
  firefighting operations.
      Paragraph (c)(4) of the standard requires employers to inform fire
  brigade members of special hazards, such as the storage and use of
  flammable liquids and gases, toxic chemicals, radioactive sources,
  water-reactive substances that may be present during fires and other
  emergencies, and any changes in these special hazards. It also requires
  that employers develop written procedures describing the actions that
  brigade members are to take when special hazards are present, and to
  make these procedures available in the education and training program
  and for review by brigade members.

  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 Actions

      OSHA is requesting that OMB extend its approval of the information
  collection requirements contained in the Fire Brigades Standard (29 CFR
  1910.156). The agency is requesting an increase in its current burden
  hours from 2,510 hours to 2,693 hours, a total increase of 183 hours.
  The adjustment is primarily due to an increase in the estimated number
  of manufacturing facilities with 100 or more workers. The agency will
  summarize the 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: Fire Brigades Standards (29 CFR 1910.156).
      OMB Control Number: 1218-0075.
      Affected Public: Business or other for-profits.
      Number of Respondents: 24,856.
      Total Responses: 3,729.
      Frequency of Responses: On occasion.
      Average Time per Response: Various.
      Total Burden Hours: 2,693.
      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, the Federal
  eRulemaking Portal; (2) by facsimile (fax); or (3) by hard copy. All
  comments, attachments, and other materials must identify the agency
  name and the OSHA docket number for the ICR (Docket No. OSHA-2011-
  0009). You may supplement submissions by uploading documents
  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
  and 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 from this Web site and for assistance in using the Internet
  to locate docket submissions.

  V. Authority and Signature

      Loren Sweatt, Deputy 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).



      Signed at Washington, DC, on July 31, 2017.
  Loren Sweatt,
  Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
  [FR Doc. 2017-16711 Filed 8-7-17; 8:45 am]
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