Information Collection Requirements for the Variance Regulations; Submission for Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements, 6220-6222 [2010-2659]

Download as PDF 6220 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 25 / Monday, February 8, 2010 / Notices INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION Agency Form Submitted for OMB Review AGENCY: United States International Trade Commission. ACTION: In accordance with the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), the Commission has submitted a request for approval of a questionnaire to the Office of Management and Budget for review. Purpose of Information Collection: The forms are for use by the Commission in connection with investigation No. 332–510, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Characteristics and Performance, instituted under the authority of section 332(g) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1332(g)). This investigation was requested by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). The Commission expects to deliver the results of its investigation to the USTR by October 6, 2010. Summary of Proposal WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES 1. Number of forms submitted: 1. 2. Title of form: Business Firm Questionnaire. 3. Type of request: New. 4. Frequency of use: Industry questionnaire, single data gathering, scheduled for 2010. 5. Description of respondents: U.S. firms in the services and manufacturing sectors. 6. Estimated number of respondents: 9000. 7. Estimated total number of hours to complete the form per respondent: 2 hours. 8. Information obtained from the form that qualifies as confidential business information will be so treated by the Commission and not disclosed in a manner that would reveal the individual operations of a firm. Additional Information or Comment: Copies of the forms and supporting documents may be obtained from project leaders William Deese (william.deese@usitc.gov or 202–205– 2626) or Erland Herfindahl (erland.herfindahl@usitc.gov or 202– 205–2374). Comments about the proposal should be directed to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Room 10102 (Docket Library), Washington, DC 20503, ATTENTION: Docket Librarian. All comments should be specific, indicating which part of the questionnaire is objectionable, describing the concern in detail, and including specific suggested revision or language changes. Copies of any comments should be provided to Steve McLaughlin, Chief Information Officer, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW., Washington, DC VerDate Nov<24>2008 11:51 Feb 05, 2010 Jkt 220001 20436, who is the Commission’s designated Senior Official under the Paperwork Reduction Act. Persons with mobility impairments who will need special assistance in gaining access to the Commission should contact the Secretary at 202– 205–2000. Hearing impaired individuals are advised that information on this matter can be obtained by contacting our TTD terminal (telephone no. 202– 205–1810). Also, general information about the Commission can be obtained from its internet site (http:// www.usitc.gov). By order of the Commission. Issued: January 27, 2010. Marilyn Abbott, Secretary to the Commission. [FR Doc. 2010–2210 Filed 2–5–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7020–02–P DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Notice of Lodging of Consent Decree Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act Notice is hereby given that on January 27, 2010, a proposed Consent Decree in United States et al. v. Chevron U.S.A. Inc., Civil Action No. 10–cv–00375– EMC was lodged with the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The Consent Decree settles claims for natural resource damages under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, 42 U.S.C. 9601 et seq., and certain state law claims, that arose in connection with historic discharges of hazardous substances into Castro Cove from a refinery owned by Chevron U.S.A. Inc. which is located in Richmond, California. Under the Consent Decree, the defendant will pay $2,850,000 jointly to the state and federal natural resource trustees for natural resource damages and will pay the natural resource trustees for any unreimbursed assessment costs incurred by the State and Federal natural resource trustees. The Department of Justice will receive for a period of thirty (30) days from the date of this publication comments relating to the Proposed Consent Decree. Comments should be addressed to the Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, and either e-mailed to pubcomment-ees.enrd@usdoj.gov or mailed to U.S. Department of Justice, P.O. Box 7611, Washington, DC 20044– 7611, and should refer to United States PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 et al. v. Chevron U.S.A. Inc., D.J. Ref. # 90–11–3–09726. During the public comment period, the Consent Decree may be examined on the following Department of Justice Web site, http://www.usdoj.gov/enrd/ Consent_Decrees.html. A copy of the Consent Decree may also be obtained by mail from the Consent Decree Library, P.O. Box 7611, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC 20044–7611 or by faxing or e-mailing a request to Tonia Fleetwood (tonia.fleetwood@usdoj.gov), fax no. (202) 514–0097, phone confirmation number (202) 514–1547. In requesting a copy from the Consent Decree Library, please enclose a check in the amount of $5.00 (25 cents per page reproduction cost) payable to the U.S. Treasury or, if by e-mail or fax, forward a check in that amount to the Consent Decree Library at the stated address. Maureen Katz, Assistant Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment and Natural Resources Division. [FR Doc. 2010–2567 Filed 2–5–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–15–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Occupational Safety and Health Administration [Docket No. OSHA–2009–0024] Information Collection Requirements for the Variance Regulations; Submission for 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 comment. SUMMARY: OSHA solicits comments concerning its proposal to obtain OMB approval for the information collection requirements contained in Sections 6(b)6(A), 6(b)6(B), 6(b)6(C), 6(d), and 16 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, and 29 CFR 1905.10, 1905.11, and 1905.12. These statutory and regulatory provisions specify the requirements for submitting applications to OSHA for temporary, experimental, permanent, and national defense variances. DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, transmitted, or received) by April 9, 2010. ADDRESSES: Submit comments as follows: • Electronically: Submit comments and attachments electronically at E:\FR\FM\08FEN1.SGM 08FEN1 WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 25 / Monday, February 8, 2010 / Notices http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Follow the instructions online for submitting comments. • Facsimile: OSHA allows facsimile transmission of comments, including attachments, that are no longer than 10 pages in length. Send these documents to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693– 1648; OSHA does not require hard copies of these documents. However, if commenters do not transmit attachments (e.g., studies, journal articles), they must submit one hard copy of the attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, Technical Data Center, Room N–2625, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20910. These attachments must clearly identify the sender’s name, date, subject, and docket number (i.e., OSHA–2009–0024) so that the Agency can attach them to the appropriate comments. • Regular mail, express mail, or messenger or courier service: When using one of these methods, submit one hard copy of comments and attachments (e.g., studies, journal articles) to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA–2009–0024, Technical Data Center, Room N–2625, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210 (telephone: 202–693–2350) (TTY: 877– 889–5627). Note that security-related procedures may result in significant delays in receiving comments and other written materials by regular mail. Contact the OSHA Docket Office for information about security procedures concerning delivery of materials by express mail, or messenger or courier service. The hours of operation for the OSHA Docket Office are 8:15 a.m.–4:45 p.m., e.t. • Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and the OSHA docket number for this Information Collection Request (ICR) (OSHA Docket No. OSHA–2009–0024). OSHA places comments and other material, including any personal information, in the public docket without revision, and will make this information available online at http://www.regulations.gov. For further information on submitting comments, see section IV (‘‘Public Participation’’) of this notice. • Docket: To read or download comments or other material in the docket, including the companion supporting statement, go to http:// www.regulations.gov or the OSHA Docket Office at the address above. However, some information (e.g., copyrighted material) is not publicly available to read or download through this Web site. All submissions, VerDate Nov<24>2008 11:51 Feb 05, 2010 Jkt 220001 including copyrighted material, are available for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office. 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Todd Owen, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, OSHA, Room N–3609, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 693–2222. 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 accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). This program ensures that information is in the correct format, reporting burden (time and costs) is minimal, collection instruments are clearly understandable, and OSHA’s estimate of the information collection burden is correct. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (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 developing information regarding the causes and prevention of occupational injuries, illnesses, and accidents (29 U.S.C. 657). Sections 6(b)6(A), 6(b)6(B), 6(b)6(C), 6(d), and 16 of the OSH Act, and 29 CFR 1905.10, 1905.11, and 1905.12, specify the procedures that employers must follow to apply for a variance from the requirements of an OSHA standard. OSHA uses the information collected under these procedures to: (1) Evaluate the employer’s claim that the alternative means of compliance would provide affected employees with the requisite level of health and safety protection; (2) assess the technical feasibility of the alternative means of compliance; (3) determine that the employer properly notified affected employees of the variance application and their right to a hearing; and (4) verify that the application contains the administrative information required by the applicable variance regulation. Currently, no specific forms are available for preparing variance applications and other documents that may accompany variance applications. OSHA is developing new forms to assist PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 6221 employers in preparing variance applications that comply with the information collection requirements contained in the OSH Act and variance regulations. 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; • Ways to minimize the burden on employers who must comply; for example, by using automated or other technological information collection and transmission techniques; and • Whether providing variance application forms on the Agency’s Web site would reduce the burden on employers applying for variances. III. Proposed Actions OSHA is requesting OMB approval for the information collection (paperwork) requirements contained in Sections 6(b)6(A), 6(b)6(B), 6(b)6(C), 6(d), and 16 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, and 29 CFR 1905.10, 1905.11, and 1905.12. These statutory and regulatory provisions specify the requirements for submitting applications to OSHA for temporary, experimental, permanent, and national defense variances. OSHA also is requesting OMB approval to develop and use variance application forms for the four types of variances specified by the OSH Act and variance regulations. The four types of variances are: Temporary variances (Section 6(b)(6)(A) of the Act; 29 U.S.C. 655; 29 CFR 1905.10); experimental variances (Section 6(b)(6)(C) of the Act; 29 U.S.C. 655); permanent variances (Section 6(d) of the Act; 29 U.S.C. 655; 29 CFR 1905.11); and national defense variances (Section 16 of the Act; 29 U.S.C. 665; 29 CFR 1905.12). The variance regulations specify the information that employers must provide when requesting one of these variances. The variance application forms would organize and clarify the information collection requirements for each type of variance by specifying the requirements in comprehensible language, and providing explanatory material. Employers applying for a variance could download and complete E:\FR\FM\08FEN1.SGM 08FEN1 6222 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 25 / Monday, February 8, 2010 / Notices WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES the applicable form from OSHA’s Web site. The forms would expedite the application process for employers, and ensure that the information on the application is complete and accurate. The Agency will summarize the comments submitted in response to this notice, and will include this summary in its request to OMB to approve these information collection requirements and variance application forms. Type of Review: Existing collection in use without an OMB control number. Title: Information Collection Requirements for the Variance Regulations. OMB Number: 1218–0NEW. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit and not-for-profit institutions. Number of Respondents: 12. Frequency of Recordkeeping: On occasion. Total Responses: 12. Average Time per Response: Ranges from 2 hours for an employer to assemble the application documents to 16 hours to locate and assemble information required to complete an application. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 366. Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $0. IV. Public Participation: Submission of Comments on This Notice and Internet Access to Comments and Submissions Submit comments in response to this document: (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 (OSHA Docket No. OSHA–2009– 0024). To supplement electronic submissions, upload document files electronically. Send hard copies of materials to supplement electronic or facsimile submissions to the OSHA Docket Office (see the ADDRESSES section of this notice). The additional materials must clearly identify the associated electronic comments by name, date, and docket number so OSHA can attach them to the comments. Note that security-related procedures may result in significant delays in receiving comments and other written materials by regular mail. Contact the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693–2350 (TTY (877) 889–5627) for information about security procedures concerning delivery of materials by express mail, or messenger or courier service. The hours of operation for the OSHA Docket Office are 8:15 a.m.–4:45 p.m., e.t. OSHA posts comments and other submissions without revision at http:// VerDate Nov<24>2008 11:51 Feb 05, 2010 Jkt 220001 www.regulations.gov. Therefore, OSHA cautions commenters about submitting personal information such as Social Security numbers and birth dates. Some information (e.g., copyrighted material) is not publicly available to read or download through http:// www.regulations.gov. However, 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, PhD, 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. 5–2007 (72 FR 31160). Signed at Washington, DC, on January 29, 2010. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. [FR Doc. 2010–2659 Filed 2–5–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–26–P NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION Notice of Permit Applications Received Under the Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978 (Pub. L. 95–541) National Science Foundation. Notice of Permit Applications Received Under the Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978, Public Law 95–541. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) is required to publish notice of permit applications received to conduct activities regulated under the Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978. NSF has published regulations under the Antarctic Conservation Act at Title 45 Part 670 of the Code of Federal Regulations. This is the required notice of permit applications received. DATES: Interested parties are invited to submit written data, comments, or views with respect to this permit application by March 10, 2010. This application may be inspected by interested parties at the Permit Office, address below. PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 ADDRESSES: Comments should be addressed to Permit Office, Room 755, Office of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22230. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nadene G. Kennedy at the above address or (703) 292–7405. The National Science Foundation, as directed by the Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978 (Pub. L. 95–541), as amended by the Antarctic Science, Tourism and Conservation Act of 1996, has developed regulations for the establishment of a permit system for various activities in Antarctica and designation of certain animals and certain geographic areas requiring special protection. The regulations establish such a permit system to designate Antarctic Specially Protected Areas. The applications received are as follows: 1. Applicant: H. William Detrich, III, Department of Biology, 134 Mugar Hall, Northwestern University, Boston, MA 02115. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Permit Application No: 2010–023. Activity for Which Permit Is Requested Introduce non-indigenous species into Antarctica. The applicant plans to use Escherichia coli strain BL21DE3 for production of 35S-labeled proteins to be used in protein folding assays performed in the Palmer Station laboratories. The applicant will continue analysis of a cold-functioning chaperonin protein folding system from testis tissue of the Antarctica fish, Gobionotothen gibberifrons. To demonstrate that the chaperonin is functional, they must use protein substrates labeled with 35S-methionine. To obtain these proteins, they will express G. gibberifrons actin and tubulin substrates in E. coli in a medium supplemented with 35S-methionine. The E. coli will not be released to the environment. Cultures will be autoclaved to kill the bacteria, and the waste will be disposed via the radioactive materials waste stream using approved protocols. Location Palmer Station, Anvers Island, Antarctic Peninsula. Dates: April 10, 2010 to June 8, 2010. Nadene G. Kennedy, Permit Officer, Office of Polar Programs. [FR Doc. 2010–2653 Filed 2–5–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7555–01–P E:\FR\FM\08FEN1.SGM 08FEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. OSHA-2009-0024]


Information Collection Requirements for the Variance Regulations; 
Submission for 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 comment.

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SUMMARY: OSHA solicits comments concerning its proposal to obtain OMB 
approval for the information collection requirements contained in 
Sections 6(b)6(A), 6(b)6(B), 6(b)6(C), 6(d), and 16 of the Occupational 
Safety and Health Act of 1970, and 29 CFR 1905.10, 1905.11, and 
1905.12. These statutory and regulatory provisions specify the 
requirements for submitting applications to OSHA for temporary, 
experimental, permanent, and national defense variances.

DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, transmitted, or 
received) by April 9, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments as follows:
     Electronically: Submit comments and attachments 
electronically at

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http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal eRulemaking Portal. 
Follow the instructions online for submitting comments.
     Facsimile: OSHA allows facsimile transmission of comments, 
including attachments, that are no longer than 10 pages in length. Send 
these documents to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-1648; OSHA does 
not require hard copies of these documents. However, if commenters do 
not transmit attachments (e.g., studies, journal articles), they must 
submit one hard copy of the attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, 
Technical Data Center, Room N-2625, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 
Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20910. These attachments must 
clearly identify the sender's name, date, subject, and docket number 
(i.e., OSHA-2009-0024) so that the Agency can attach them to the 
appropriate comments.
     Regular mail, express mail, or messenger or courier 
service: When using one of these methods, submit one hard copy of 
comments and attachments (e.g., studies, journal articles) to the OSHA 
Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA-2009-0024, Technical Data Center, Room 
N-2625, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC 20210 (telephone: 202-693-2350) (TTY: 877-889-5627). 
Note that security-related procedures may result in significant delays 
in receiving comments and other written materials by regular mail. 
Contact the OSHA Docket Office for information about security 
procedures concerning delivery of materials by express mail, or 
messenger or courier service. The hours of operation for the OSHA 
Docket Office are 8:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m., e.t.
     Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name 
and the OSHA docket number for this Information Collection Request 
(ICR) (OSHA Docket No. OSHA-2009-0024). OSHA places comments and other 
material, including any personal information, in the public docket 
without revision, and will make this information available online at 
http://www.regulations.gov. For further information on submitting 
comments, see section IV (``Public Participation'') of this notice.
     Docket: To read or download comments or other material in 
the docket, including the companion supporting statement, go to http://www.regulations.gov or the OSHA Docket Office at the address above. 
However, 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. 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Todd Owen, Directorate of Standards 
and Guidance, OSHA, Room N-3609, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 693-2222.

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 accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act 
of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). This program ensures that 
information is in the correct format, reporting burden (time and costs) 
is minimal, collection instruments are clearly understandable, and 
OSHA's estimate of the information collection burden is correct. The 
Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (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 developing information 
regarding the causes and prevention of occupational injuries, 
illnesses, and accidents (29 U.S.C. 657).
    Sections 6(b)6(A), 6(b)6(B), 6(b)6(C), 6(d), and 16 of the OSH Act, 
and 29 CFR 1905.10, 1905.11, and 1905.12, specify the procedures that 
employers must follow to apply for a variance from the requirements of 
an OSHA standard. OSHA uses the information collected under these 
procedures to: (1) Evaluate the employer's claim that the alternative 
means of compliance would provide affected employees with the requisite 
level of health and safety protection; (2) assess the technical 
feasibility of the alternative means of compliance; (3) determine that 
the employer properly notified affected employees of the variance 
application and their right to a hearing; and (4) verify that the 
application contains the administrative information required by the 
applicable variance regulation. Currently, no specific forms are 
available for preparing variance applications and other documents that 
may accompany variance applications. OSHA is developing new forms to 
assist employers in preparing variance applications that comply with 
the information collection requirements contained in the OSH Act and 
variance regulations.

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;
     Ways to minimize the burden on employers who must comply; 
for example, by using automated or other technological information 
collection and transmission techniques; and
     Whether providing variance application forms on the 
Agency's Web site would reduce the burden on employers applying for 
variances.

III. Proposed Actions

    OSHA is requesting OMB approval for the information collection 
(paperwork) requirements contained in Sections 6(b)6(A), 6(b)6(B), 
6(b)6(C), 6(d), and 16 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 
1970, and 29 CFR 1905.10, 1905.11, and 1905.12. These statutory and 
regulatory provisions specify the requirements for submitting 
applications to OSHA for temporary, experimental, permanent, and 
national defense variances.
    OSHA also is requesting OMB approval to develop and use variance 
application forms for the four types of variances specified by the OSH 
Act and variance regulations. The four types of variances are: 
Temporary variances (Section 6(b)(6)(A) of the Act; 29 U.S.C. 655; 29 
CFR 1905.10); experimental variances (Section 6(b)(6)(C) of the Act; 29 
U.S.C. 655); permanent variances (Section 6(d) of the Act; 29 U.S.C. 
655; 29 CFR 1905.11); and national defense variances (Section 16 of the 
Act; 29 U.S.C. 665; 29 CFR 1905.12). The variance regulations specify 
the information that employers must provide when requesting one of 
these variances. The variance application forms would organize and 
clarify the information collection requirements for each type of 
variance by specifying the requirements in comprehensible language, and 
providing explanatory material. Employers applying for a variance could 
download and complete

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the applicable form from OSHA's Web site. The forms would expedite the 
application process for employers, and ensure that the information on 
the application is complete and accurate.
    The Agency will summarize the comments submitted in response to 
this notice, and will include this summary in its request to OMB to 
approve these information collection requirements and variance 
application forms.
    Type of Review: Existing collection in use without an OMB control 
number.
    Title: Information Collection Requirements for the Variance 
Regulations.
    OMB Number: 1218-0NEW.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit and not-for-profit 
institutions.
    Number of Respondents: 12.
    Frequency of Recordkeeping: On occasion.
    Total Responses: 12.
    Average Time per Response: Ranges from 2 hours for an employer to 
assemble the application documents to 16 hours to locate and assemble 
information required to complete an application.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 366.
    Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $0.

IV. Public Participation: Submission of Comments on This Notice and 
Internet Access to Comments and Submissions

    Submit comments in response to this document: (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 (OSHA Docket No. OSHA-2009-0024). To supplement 
electronic submissions, upload document files electronically. Send hard 
copies of materials to supplement electronic or facsimile submissions 
to the OSHA Docket Office (see the ADDRESSES section of this notice). 
The additional materials must clearly identify the associated 
electronic comments by name, date, and docket number so OSHA can attach 
them to the comments. Note that security-related procedures may result 
in significant delays in receiving comments and other written materials 
by regular mail. Contact the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-2350 (TTY 
(877) 889-5627) for information about security procedures concerning 
delivery of materials by express mail, or messenger or courier service. 
The hours of operation for the OSHA Docket Office are 8:15 a.m.-4:45 
p.m., e.t.
    OSHA posts comments and other submissions without revision at 
http://www.regulations.gov. Therefore, OSHA cautions commenters about 
submitting personal information such as Social Security numbers and 
birth dates. Some information (e.g., copyrighted material) is not 
publicly available to read or download through http://www.regulations.gov. However, 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, PhD, 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. 5-2007 
(72 FR 31160).

    Signed at Washington, DC, on January 29, 2010.
David Michaels,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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