[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 177 (Thursday, September 14, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 43255-43257]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-19466]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. OSHA-2010-0055]


Recording 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: The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to 
reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance 
consultation program to provide the general public

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and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or 
continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). This program helps to ensure that 
requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden 
(time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are 
clearly understood, and impact of collection requirements on 
respondents can be properly assessed. The Occupational Safety and 
Health Administration (OSHA) is soliciting comments concerning the 
proposed extension of approval for the current information collection 
requirements of Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and 
Illnesses.

DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by 
November 13, 2017.

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.
    Regular mail, express mail, hand delivery, or messenger/courier 
service (hard copy): You may submit your materials to the OSHA Docket 
Office, Docket No. OSHA-2010-0055, Room N-3653, Occupational Safety and 
Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution 
Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 693-2350, (TTY (887) 
889-5627). OSHA's Docket Office accepts deliveries (hand deliveries, 
express mail, and messenger/courier service) from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 
p.m. e.t., weekdays.
    Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and 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 through the Web site. All submissions, 
including copyrighted material, are available for inspection and 
copying at the OSHA Docket Office.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dave Schmidt, Office of Statistical 
Analysis, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, telephone: (202) 693-1886; 
email: [email protected], or Todd Owen, Directorate of Standards and 
Guidance, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor; telephone (202) 693-2222; 
email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

    The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) and 29 CFR part 
1904 prescribe 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 provide workers 
a safe and healthful work environment. The data are also needed by the 
Bureau of Labor Statistics to report on the number and rate of 
occupational injuries and illnesses in the country. The data also 
provides information to employers and workers of 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 January 31, 
2018, 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 comments on 
OSHA's existing paperwork burden estimates from those 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 in 
today's workplace situation.

II. Current Actions

    OSHA is requesting that OMB extend its approval of the information 
collection requirements contained in 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 2,524,458 to 2,253,549 hours for a total reduction of 
270,909 hours. 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: 29 CFR part 1904, Recording and Reporting Occupational 
Injuries and Illnesses.
    OMB Control Number: 1218-0176.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profits; farms; not-for-
profit institutions; State and local government.
    Number of Respondents: 1,002,912.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Average Time per Response: Various.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 2,253,549.
    Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $123,583,587.

III. 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

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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.gov index, 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 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.

IV. 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. 4-2010 (75 FR 
55355).

    Signed at Washington, DC, on September 8, 2017.
Loren Sweatt,
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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