Permit-Required Confined Spaces; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements, 23724-23726 [2018-10889]

Download as PDF amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 23724 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 99 / Tuesday, May 22, 2018 / Notices —Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and/or —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. Overview of this information collection: 1. Type of Information Collection: Revision of Existing Collection. 2. The Title of the Form/Collection: Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center— Trafficking Information Management System (TIMS). 3. The agency form number: NA. 4. Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: Primary: OVC Grantees. Abstract: The current package for OMB approval is designed to simplify performance reporting for OVC grantees through the OVC Trafficking Information Management System (TIMS) Online system, a Web-based database and reporting system for the Victims of Human Trafficking Grant and the Enhanced Collaborative Model Grant initiatives. OVC will require OVC Grantees to use this electronic tool to submit grant performance data, including demographics about human trafficking victims. Since 2012, OVC has published annual analyses of these data to provide the crime victims’ field with stronger evidence for practices and programs. 5. An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: There are approximately 60 OVC Services to Victims of Human Trafficking Grantees per six-month reporting period. On average, it should take each grantee one hour to seven hours, depending on client case load per reporting period, to enter information into TIMS Online. There are two reporting periods per year. 6. An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: 480 hours (average 60 OVC grantees * average 4 hours * 2 times per year). If additional information is required please contact: Melody Braswell, Department Clearance Officer, United States Department of Justice, Justice Management Division, Policy and Planning Staff, Two Constitution Square, 145 N Street NE, Suite 3E.405B, Washington, DC 20530. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:47 May 21, 2018 Jkt 241001 Dated: May 17, 2018. Melody Braswell, Department Clearance Officer for PRA, U.S. Department of Justice. [FR Doc. 2018–10853 Filed 5–21–18; 8:45 a.m.] BILLING CODE 4410–18–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Occupational Safety and Health Administration [Docket No. OSHA–2011–0858] Permit-Required Confined Spaces; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor. ACTION: Request for public comments. AGENCY: OSHA solicits public comments concerning the proposal to extend OMB approval of the information collection requirements contained in the Standard on PermitRequired Confined Spaces. DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by July 23, 2018. 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. Mail, hand delivery, express mail, messenger, or courier service: When using this method, you must submit a copy of your comments and attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA–2011–0858, 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 OSHA Docket Office’s normal business hours, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., ET. Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and the OSHA docket number (OSHA–2011–0858) 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 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00100 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 above address. 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 website. All submissions, including copyrighted material, are available for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office. You may also contact Christie Garner at (202) 693–2222 to obtain a copy of the ICR. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Thomas Mockler or Christie Garner, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, 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 process 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 (PRA–95) (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 effort in obtaining information (29 U.S.C. 657). The purpose of the information collection requirements specified in the Permit-Required Confined Spaces Standard (29 CFR 1910.146) is to ensure that employers systematically evaluate the dangers in permit spaces before entry is attempted, and to ensure that E:\FR\FM\22MYN1.SGM 22MYN1 amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 99 / Tuesday, May 22, 2018 / Notices adequate measures are taken to make the spaces safe for entry. Section 1910.146(c)(2) requires the employer to post danger signs to inform exposed employees of the existence and location of, and the dangers posed by, permit spaces. Section 1910.146(c)(4) requires the employer to develop and implement a written ‘‘permit-space program’’ when the employer decides that its employees will enter permit spaces. The written program is to be made available for inspection by employees and their authorized representatives. Section 1910.146(d) provides the employer with the requirements of a permit-required confined space program. Section 1910.146(c)(5)(i)(E) requires that the determinations and supporting data specified by paragraphs (c)(5)(i)(A), (c)(5)(i)(B), and (c)(5)(i)(C) of this section are documented by the employer and are made available to each employee who enters a permit space or to that employee’s authorized representative. Under paragraph (c)(5)(ii)(H) of § 1910.146, the employer is required to verify that the space is safe for entry and that the pre-entry measures required by paragraph (c)(5)(ii) of this section have been taken, using a written certification that contains the date, the location of the space, and the signature of the person providing the certification. The certification is to be made before entry and is required to be made available to each employee entering the space or to that employee’s authorized representative. Section 1910.146(c)(7)(iii) requires the employer to document the basis for determining that all hazards in a permit space have been eliminated using a certification that contains the date, the location of the space, and the signature of the person making the determination. The certification is to be made available to each employee entering the space or to that employee’s authorized representative. Section 1910.146(c)(8)(i) requires the employer to inform the contractor that the workplace contains permit spaces and that permit space entry is allowed only through compliance with a permit space program meeting the requirements of this section. Section 1910.146(c)(8)(ii) requires the employer to apprise the contractor of the elements, including the hazards identified and the host employer’s experience with the space, that make the space in question a permit space. Section 1910.146(c)(8)(iii) requires the employer to apprise the contractor of any precautions or procedures that the host employer has implemented for the protection of VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:47 May 21, 2018 Jkt 241001 employees in or near permit spaces where contractor personnel will be working. Section 1910.146(c)(8)(v) requires the employer to debrief the contractor at the conclusion of the entry operations about the permit space program that was followed, and any hazards confronted or created in permit spaces during entry operations. Section 1910.146(c)(9)(iii) requires the contractor to inform the host employer of the permit space program that the contractor will follow and of any hazards confronted or created in permit spaces, either through a debriefing or during the entry operation. Section 1910.146(d)(5)(vi) requires the employer to immediately provide each authorized entrant or that an employee’s authorized representative with the results of any testing conducted in accord with paragraph (d) of the Standard. Section 1910.146(d)(14) requires employers to review the permit space program, using the canceled permits retained under paragraph (e)(6) within 1 year after each entry to ensure that employees participating in entry operations are protected from permit space hazards, and revise the program as necessary. Section 1910.146(e)(1) requires the employer to document the completion of measures required by paragraph (d)(3) by preparing an entry permit before employee entry is authorized. Paragraph (f) of § 1910.146 specifies the information to be included on the entry permit. Paragraph (e)(3) requires the employer to make the completed permit available at the time of entry to all authorized entrants by posting the permit at the entry portal or by any other equally effective means, so that the entrants can confirm that pre-entry preparations have been completed. Paragraph (e)(6) requires the employer to retain each canceled entry permit for at least one year; any problems encountered during an entry operation must be noted on the pertinent permit so that revisions to the permit space program can be made. Section 1910.146(g)(4) requires the employer to certify that the training required by paragraphs (g)(1) through (g)(3) has been accomplished by preparing a written certification record. Section 1910.146(h)(3) requires the employer to ensure that all authorized entrants communicate with the attendant as necessary to enable the attendant to monitor entrant status and to enable the attendant to alert entrants of the need to evacuate the space as required by paragraph (l)(6) of the Standard. Section 1910.146(h)(4) requires the employer to ensure that all authorized entrants alert the attendant PO 00000 Frm 00101 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 23725 whenever the entrant recognizes any warning sign or symptom of exposure to a dangerous situation (paragraph (h)(4)(i)), or the entrant detects a prohibited condition (paragraph (h)(4)(ii)). Section 1910.146(i)(5) requires the employer to ensure that each attendant communicate with authorized entrants as necessary to monitor entrant status and to alert entrants of the need to evacuate the space under the conditions specified in paragraphs (i)(6)(i)-(i)(6)(iv) of the Standard. Section 1910.146(i)(7) requires the employer to ensure that the attendant summon rescue and other emergency services as soon as the attendant determines that authorized entrants may need assistance to escape from permit space hazards. Section 1910.146(i)(8) requires the employer to ensure that the attendant warn unauthorized persons that they must stay away from the permit space (paragraph (i)(8)(i)); advise unauthorized persons that they must exit immediately if they have entered the permit space (paragraph (i)(8)(ii)); and inform authorized entrants and the entry supervisor if unauthorized persons have entered the permit space (paragraph (i)(8)(iii)). Section 1910.146(j)(2) requires the employer to ensure that each entry supervisor verifies, by checking that the appropriate entries have been made on the permit, that all tests specified by the permit have been conducted and that all procedures and equipment specified by the permit are in place, before endorsing the permit and allowing entry to begin. Section 1910.146(k)(1)(i) requires the employer to evaluate a prospective rescuer’s ability to respond to a rescue summons in a timely manner, considering the hazard(s) identified; Section 1910.146(k)(1)(ii) requires the employer to evaluate a prospective rescue service’s ability, in terms of proficiency with rescue-related tasks and equipment, to function appropriately while rescuing entrants from the particular permit space or types of permit spaces identified. Section 1910.146(k)(1)(iv) requires the employer to inform each rescue team or service of the hazards they may confront when called on to perform rescue at the site. Section 1910.146(k)(1)(v) requires the employer to provide the rescue team or service selected with access to all permit spaces from which rescue may be necessary so that the rescue service can develop appropriate rescue plans. Section 1910.146(k)(4) requires that, if an injured entrant is exposed to a substance for which a ‘‘Material Safety Data Sheet’’ (MSDS) [now referred to as an SDS (Safety Data Sheet)] or other E:\FR\FM\22MYN1.SGM 22MYN1 23726 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 99 / Tuesday, May 22, 2018 / Notices similar written information is required to be kept at the worksite, then the employer must make the MSDS or written information available to the medical facility treating the exposed entrant. Section 1910.146(l)(1) requires employers to consult with affected employees and their authorized representatives on the development and implementation of all aspects of the permit space program required by paragraph (c). Section 1910.146(l)(2) requires employers to make all information required by this section available to affected employees and their authorized representatives. 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. amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 III. Proposed Actions OSHA is requesting an adjustment increase for the information collection requirements of 68,406 burden hours (from 1,573,813 to 1,642,219). The burden hour increase is related to updated data estimates showing an increase in the number of permit space entrants (from 1,463,075 to 1,471,634) and establishments with permit spaces (from 205,548 to 210,281) affected by the Standard. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection. Title: Permit-Required Confined Spaces (29 CFR 1910.146). OMB Control Number: 1218–0203. Affected Public: Business or other forprofits. Number of Respondents: 210,281. Frequency: On occasion. Average Time per Response: Varies. Estimated Number of Responses: 9,024,483. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 1,642,219. Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $0. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:47 May 21, 2018 Jkt 241001 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, 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 (Docket No. OSHA–2011–0858) for the ICR. 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 electronic comments by your name, date, and the docket number so that 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 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 website. All submissions, including copyrighted material, are available for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office. Information on using the http:// www.regulations.gov website to submit comments and access the docket is available at the website’s ‘‘User Tips’’ link. Contact the OSHA Docket Office for information about materials not available through the website, 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). PO 00000 Frm 00102 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Signed at Washington, DC, on May 16, 2018. Loren Sweatt, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. [FR Doc. 2018–10889 Filed 5–21–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–26–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket Nos. 50–250 and 50–251; NRC– 2018–0101] Florida Power & Light Company: Turkey Point Nuclear Plant Units 3 and 4 Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Intent to conduct scoping process and prepare environmental impact statement; public meeting and request for comment. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will conduct a scoping process to gather information necessary to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to evaluate the environmental impacts for the subsequent license renewal of the operating licenses for Turkey Point Nuclear Plant (Turkey Point) Unit Nos. 3 and 4. The NRC is seeking stakeholder input on this action and has scheduled a public meeting. DATES: Submit comments by June 21, 2018. Comments received after this date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but assurance of consideration cannot be given to comments received after this date. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods (unless this document describes a different method for submitting comments on a specific subject): • Federal Rulemaking Website: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2018–0101. Address questions about NRC dockets to Jennifer Borges; telephone: 301–287–9127; email: Jennifer.Borges@nrc.gov. For technical questions, contact the individual listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document. • Mail comments to: May Ma, Office of Administration, Mail Stop: TWFN–7– A60M, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555– 0001. For additional direction on obtaining information and submitting comments, see ‘‘Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments’’ in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\22MYN1.SGM 22MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. OSHA-2011-0858]


Permit-Required Confined Spaces; 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: OSHA solicits public comments concerning the proposal to 
extend OMB approval of the information collection requirements 
contained in the Standard on Permit-Required Confined Spaces.

DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by 
July 23, 2018.

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.
    Mail, hand delivery, express mail, messenger, or courier service: 
When using this method, you must submit a copy of your comments and 
attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA-2011-0858, 
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 OSHA Docket Office's normal business hours, 10:00 
a.m. to 3:00 p.m., ET.
    Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and the 
OSHA docket number (OSHA-2011-0858) 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 material in the 
docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov or the OSHA Docket Office at 
the above address. 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 website. All submissions, 
including copyrighted material, are available for inspection and 
copying at the OSHA Docket Office. You may also contact Christie Garner 
at (202) 693-2222 to obtain a copy of the ICR.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Thomas Mockler or Christie Garner, 
Directorate of Standards and Guidance, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, 
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 process 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 (PRA-95) (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 effort in obtaining information (29 
U.S.C. 657).
    The purpose of the information collection requirements specified in 
the Permit-Required Confined Spaces Standard (29 CFR 1910.146) is to 
ensure that employers systematically evaluate the dangers in permit 
spaces before entry is attempted, and to ensure that

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adequate measures are taken to make the spaces safe for entry. Section 
1910.146(c)(2) requires the employer to post danger signs to inform 
exposed employees of the existence and location of, and the dangers 
posed by, permit spaces.
    Section 1910.146(c)(4) requires the employer to develop and 
implement a written ``permit-space program'' when the employer decides 
that its employees will enter permit spaces. The written program is to 
be made available for inspection by employees and their authorized 
representatives. Section 1910.146(d) provides the employer with the 
requirements of a permit-required confined space program.
    Section 1910.146(c)(5)(i)(E) requires that the determinations and 
supporting data specified by paragraphs (c)(5)(i)(A), (c)(5)(i)(B), and 
(c)(5)(i)(C) of this section are documented by the employer and are 
made available to each employee who enters a permit space or to that 
employee's authorized representative. Under paragraph (c)(5)(ii)(H) of 
Sec.  1910.146, the employer is required to verify that the space is 
safe for entry and that the pre-entry measures required by paragraph 
(c)(5)(ii) of this section have been taken, using a written 
certification that contains the date, the location of the space, and 
the signature of the person providing the certification. The 
certification is to be made before entry and is required to be made 
available to each employee entering the space or to that employee's 
authorized representative.
    Section 1910.146(c)(7)(iii) requires the employer to document the 
basis for determining that all hazards in a permit space have been 
eliminated using a certification that contains the date, the location 
of the space, and the signature of the person making the determination. 
The certification is to be made available to each employee entering the 
space or to that employee's authorized representative.
    Section 1910.146(c)(8)(i) requires the employer to inform the 
contractor that the workplace contains permit spaces and that permit 
space entry is allowed only through compliance with a permit space 
program meeting the requirements of this section. Section 
1910.146(c)(8)(ii) requires the employer to apprise the contractor of 
the elements, including the hazards identified and the host employer's 
experience with the space, that make the space in question a permit 
space. Section 1910.146(c)(8)(iii) requires the employer to apprise the 
contractor of any precautions or procedures that the host employer has 
implemented for the protection of employees in or near permit spaces 
where contractor personnel will be working. Section 1910.146(c)(8)(v) 
requires the employer to debrief the contractor at the conclusion of 
the entry operations about the permit space program that was followed, 
and any hazards confronted or created in permit spaces during entry 
operations.
    Section 1910.146(c)(9)(iii) requires the contractor to inform the 
host employer of the permit space program that the contractor will 
follow and of any hazards confronted or created in permit spaces, 
either through a debriefing or during the entry operation.
    Section 1910.146(d)(5)(vi) requires the employer to immediately 
provide each authorized entrant or that an employee's authorized 
representative with the results of any testing conducted in accord with 
paragraph (d) of the Standard. Section 1910.146(d)(14) requires 
employers to review the permit space program, using the canceled 
permits retained under paragraph (e)(6) within 1 year after each entry 
to ensure that employees participating in entry operations are 
protected from permit space hazards, and revise the program as 
necessary.
    Section 1910.146(e)(1) requires the employer to document the 
completion of measures required by paragraph (d)(3) by preparing an 
entry permit before employee entry is authorized. Paragraph (f) of 
Sec.  1910.146 specifies the information to be included on the entry 
permit. Paragraph (e)(3) requires the employer to make the completed 
permit available at the time of entry to all authorized entrants by 
posting the permit at the entry portal or by any other equally 
effective means, so that the entrants can confirm that pre-entry 
preparations have been completed. Paragraph (e)(6) requires the 
employer to retain each canceled entry permit for at least one year; 
any problems encountered during an entry operation must be noted on the 
pertinent permit so that revisions to the permit space program can be 
made.
    Section 1910.146(g)(4) requires the employer to certify that the 
training required by paragraphs (g)(1) through (g)(3) has been 
accomplished by preparing a written certification record.
    Section 1910.146(h)(3) requires the employer to ensure that all 
authorized entrants communicate with the attendant as necessary to 
enable the attendant to monitor entrant status and to enable the 
attendant to alert entrants of the need to evacuate the space as 
required by paragraph (l)(6) of the Standard. Section 1910.146(h)(4) 
requires the employer to ensure that all authorized entrants alert the 
attendant whenever the entrant recognizes any warning sign or symptom 
of exposure to a dangerous situation (paragraph (h)(4)(i)), or the 
entrant detects a prohibited condition (paragraph (h)(4)(ii)).
    Section 1910.146(i)(5) requires the employer to ensure that each 
attendant communicate with authorized entrants as necessary to monitor 
entrant status and to alert entrants of the need to evacuate the space 
under the conditions specified in paragraphs (i)(6)(i)-(i)(6)(iv) of 
the Standard. Section 1910.146(i)(7) requires the employer to ensure 
that the attendant summon rescue and other emergency services as soon 
as the attendant determines that authorized entrants may need 
assistance to escape from permit space hazards. Section 1910.146(i)(8) 
requires the employer to ensure that the attendant warn unauthorized 
persons that they must stay away from the permit space (paragraph 
(i)(8)(i)); advise unauthorized persons that they must exit immediately 
if they have entered the permit space (paragraph (i)(8)(ii)); and 
inform authorized entrants and the entry supervisor if unauthorized 
persons have entered the permit space (paragraph (i)(8)(iii)).
    Section 1910.146(j)(2) requires the employer to ensure that each 
entry supervisor verifies, by checking that the appropriate entries 
have been made on the permit, that all tests specified by the permit 
have been conducted and that all procedures and equipment specified by 
the permit are in place, before endorsing the permit and allowing entry 
to begin.
    Section 1910.146(k)(1)(i) requires the employer to evaluate a 
prospective rescuer's ability to respond to a rescue summons in a 
timely manner, considering the hazard(s) identified; Section 
1910.146(k)(1)(ii) requires the employer to evaluate a prospective 
rescue service's ability, in terms of proficiency with rescue-related 
tasks and equipment, to function appropriately while rescuing entrants 
from the particular permit space or types of permit spaces identified. 
Section 1910.146(k)(1)(iv) requires the employer to inform each rescue 
team or service of the hazards they may confront when called on to 
perform rescue at the site. Section 1910.146(k)(1)(v) requires the 
employer to provide the rescue team or service selected with access to 
all permit spaces from which rescue may be necessary so that the rescue 
service can develop appropriate rescue plans.
    Section 1910.146(k)(4) requires that, if an injured entrant is 
exposed to a substance for which a ``Material Safety Data Sheet'' 
(MSDS) [now referred to as an SDS (Safety Data Sheet)] or other

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similar written information is required to be kept at the worksite, 
then the employer must make the MSDS or written information available 
to the medical facility treating the exposed entrant.
    Section 1910.146(l)(1) requires employers to consult with affected 
employees and their authorized representatives on the development and 
implementation of all aspects of the permit space program required by 
paragraph (c). Section 1910.146(l)(2) requires employers to make all 
information required by this section available to affected employees 
and their authorized representatives.

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 an adjustment increase for the information 
collection requirements of 68,406 burden hours (from 1,573,813 to 
1,642,219). The burden hour increase is related to updated data 
estimates showing an increase in the number of permit space entrants 
(from 1,463,075 to 1,471,634) and establishments with permit spaces 
(from 205,548 to 210,281) affected by the Standard.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Title: Permit-Required Confined Spaces (29 CFR 1910.146).
    OMB Control Number: 1218-0203.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profits.
    Number of Respondents: 210,281.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Average Time per Response: Varies.
    Estimated Number of Responses: 9,024,483.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 1,642,219.
    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, 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 (Docket No. OSHA-2011-0858) for the ICR. 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 electronic comments by 
your name, date, and the docket number so that 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 
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 
website. All submissions, including copyrighted material, are available 
for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office. Information on 
using the http://www.regulations.gov website to submit comments and 
access the docket is available at the website's ``User Tips'' link. 
Contact the OSHA Docket Office for information about materials not 
available through the website, 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 May 16, 2018.
Loren Sweatt,
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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