Subpart A (“General Provisions”) and Subpart B (“Confined and Enclosed Spaces and Other Dangerous Atmospheres in Shipyard Employment”); Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements, 84006-84007 [2020-28371]

Download as PDF 84006 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 247 / Wednesday, December 23, 2020 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Occupational Safety and Health Administration [Docket No. OSHA–2011–0034] Subpart A (‘‘General Provisions’’) and Subpart B (‘‘Confined and Enclosed Spaces and Other Dangerous Atmospheres in Shipyard Employment’’); 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: SUMMARY: OSHA solicits public comments concerning the proposal to extend the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) approval of the information collection requirements specified in Subpart A ‘‘General Provisions’’ and Subpart B ‘‘Confined and Enclosed Spaces and Other Dangerous Atmospheres in Shipyard Employment’’. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by February 22, 2021. 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–2011–0034, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N–3653, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20210. Please note: While OSHA’s Docket Office is continuing to accept and process submissions by regular mail, due to the COVID–19 pandemic, the Docket Office is closed to the public and not able to receive submissions to the docket by hand, express mail, messenger, and courier service. Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and the OSHA docket number (OSHA–2011–0034) for the Information Collection Request (ICR). All comments, including any personal information you provide, such DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:21 Dec 22, 2020 Jkt 253001 as social security numbers or date of birth, 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 from the website. All submissions, including copyrighted material, are available for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office. You may also contact Theda Kenney at (202) 693–2222 to obtain a copy of the ICR. Seleda Perryman or Theda Kenney, 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 the 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 (PRA) (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 (OSH Act) (29 U.S.C. 651 et seq.) authorizes information collection by employers as necessary or appropriate for enforcement of the 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 that OSHA 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). PO 00000 Frm 00124 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The following is a description of the requirements in subparts A and B that pertain to the collection and retention of information. One provision in subpart A contains paperwork requirements (§ 1915.7). Section 1915.7(b)(2) specifies that shipyard employers must maintain a roster of designated competent persons (for inspecting and testing spaces covered by subpart B), or a statement that a marine chemist will perform these inspections and tests. Section 1915.7(d) requires employers to ensure that competent persons, marine chemists, and certified industrial hygienists (CIHs) make a record of each inspection and test they conduct, post the record near the covered space while work is in progress, and retain the record for at least three months. In addition, employers must make the roster or statement, and the inspection and test records available for inspection by designated parties. Subpart B consists of several standards governing entry into confined and enclosed spaces and other dangerous atmospheres in shipyard employment. These standards require that employers: • Ensure that competent persons conduct inspections and atmospheric testing prior to workers entering a confined or enclosed space (§§ 1915.12(a)–(c)); • Warn workers not to enter hazardous spaces and other dangerous atmospheres (§§ 1915.12 (a)–(c) and 1915.16); • Certify that workers who will be entering confined or enclosed spaces have been trained (§ 1915.12(d)(5)); • Establish and train shipyard rescue teams or arrange for outside rescue teams, and provide them with information on the hazards that they may encounter (§ 1915.12(e)); • Ensure that one person on each rescue team maintains a current first aid training certificate (§ 1915.12(e)(1)(iv)); • Exchange information regarding hazards, safety rules, and emergency procedures concerning confined and enclosed spaces, and atmospheres with other employers whose workers may enter these spaces and atmospheres (§ 1915.12(f)); • Ensure testing of spaces having contained bulk quantities of combustible or flammable liquids or gases, and toxic, corrosive, or irritating substances before cleaning and other cold work is started, and as necessary thereafter while the operations are ongoing (§§ 1915.13(b)(2) and (4)); • Post signs prohibiting ignition sources within or near a space that has contained bulk quantities of flammable E:\FR\FM\23DEN1.SGM 23DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 247 / Wednesday, December 23, 2020 / Notices or combustible liquids or gases (§ 1915.13(b)(10)); • Ensure that confined and enclosed spaces and other dangerous atmospheres, and boundaries of spaces or pipelines are tested before workers perform hot work in these work areas (§ 1915.14(a)(1)); • Post warnings of testing conducted by competent persons and certificates of testing conducted by a Marine Chemist or Coast Guard authorized person in the immediate vicinity of the hot-work operation while the operation is in progress (§§ 1915.14(a) and (b)); and • Retain certificates of testing on file for at least three months after completing the operation (§ 1915.14(a)(2)). jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 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 the approval of the collection of information (paperwork) requirements mandated by Subpart A (‘‘General Provisions’’) and Subpart B (‘‘Confined and Enclosed Spaces and Other Dangerous Atmospheres in Shipyard Employment’’) of 29 CFR part 1915. The agency is requesting an adjustment decrease of 19,246 burden hours (from 586,064 to 566,818 hours). The adjustment decrease is due to a decrease in the number of establishments affected by these standards. 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: Subpart A (‘‘General Provisions’’) and Subpart B (‘‘Confined and Enclosed Spaces and Other Dangerous Atmospheres in Shipyard Employment’’) (29 CFR part 1915). OMB Control Number: 1218–0011. Affected Public: Business or other forprofits; Not-for-profit organizations; VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:21 Dec 22, 2020 Jkt 253001 Federal Government; State, Local or Tribal Government. Number of Respondents: 4,716. Frequency of Responses: On occasion. Total Responses: 3,555,305. Average Time per Response: Various. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 566,818. 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. Please note: While OSHA’s Docket Office is continuing to accept and process submissions by regular mail, due to the COVID–19 pandemic, the Docket Office is closed to the public and not able to receive submissions to the docket by hand, express mail, messenger, and courier service. All comments, attachments, and other material must identify the agency name and the OSHA docket number (Docket No. OSHA–2011–0034) 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 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. 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 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 at (202) 693–2350, (TTY (877) 889–5627) for information about materials not PO 00000 Frm 00125 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 84007 available from the website, and for assistance in using the internet to locate docket submissions. V. Authority and Signature Loren Sweatt, Principal 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 December 18, 2020. Loren Sweatt, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. [FR Doc. 2020–28371 Filed 12–22–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–26–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Occupational Safety and Health Administration [Docket No. OSHA–2011–0056] Voluntary Protection Programs Information; 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: SUMMARY: OSHA solicits public comments concerning the proposal to extend the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) approval of the information collection requirements contained in Voluntary Protection Programs Information. DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by February 22, 2021. 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, OSHA Docket No. OSHA–2011–0056, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of E:\FR\FM\23DEN1.SGM 23DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. OSHA-2011-0034]


Subpart A (``General Provisions'') and Subpart B (``Confined and 
Enclosed Spaces and Other Dangerous Atmospheres in Shipyard 
Employment''); 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 the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of the 
information collection requirements specified in Subpart A ``General 
Provisions'' and Subpart B ``Confined and Enclosed Spaces and Other 
Dangerous Atmospheres in Shipyard Employment''.

DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by 
February 22, 2021.

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-2011-0034, 
Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of 
Labor, Room N-3653, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20210. 
Please note: While OSHA's Docket Office is continuing to accept and 
process submissions by regular mail, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 
Docket Office is closed to the public and not able to receive 
submissions to the docket by hand, express mail, messenger, and courier 
service.
    Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and the 
OSHA docket number (OSHA-2011-0034) for the Information Collection 
Request (ICR). All comments, including any personal information you 
provide, such as social security numbers or date of birth, 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 from the website. All submissions, 
including copyrighted material, are available for inspection and 
copying at the OSHA Docket Office. You may also contact Theda Kenney at 
(202) 693-2222 to obtain a copy of the ICR.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Seleda Perryman or Theda Kenney, 
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 the 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 (PRA) (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 (OSH Act) (29 U.S.C. 651 et 
seq.) authorizes information collection by employers as necessary or 
appropriate for enforcement of the 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 
that OSHA 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).
    The following is a description of the requirements in subparts A 
and B that pertain to the collection and retention of information.
    One provision in subpart A contains paperwork requirements (Sec.  
1915.7). Section 1915.7(b)(2) specifies that shipyard employers must 
maintain a roster of designated competent persons (for inspecting and 
testing spaces covered by subpart B), or a statement that a marine 
chemist will perform these inspections and tests. Section 1915.7(d) 
requires employers to ensure that competent persons, marine chemists, 
and certified industrial hygienists (CIHs) make a record of each 
inspection and test they conduct, post the record near the covered 
space while work is in progress, and retain the record for at least 
three months. In addition, employers must make the roster or statement, 
and the inspection and test records available for inspection by 
designated parties.
    Subpart B consists of several standards governing entry into 
confined and enclosed spaces and other dangerous atmospheres in 
shipyard employment. These standards require that employers:
     Ensure that competent persons conduct inspections and 
atmospheric testing prior to workers entering a confined or enclosed 
space (Sec. Sec.  1915.12(a)-(c));
     Warn workers not to enter hazardous spaces and other 
dangerous atmospheres (Sec. Sec.  1915.12 (a)-(c) and 1915.16);
     Certify that workers who will be entering confined or 
enclosed spaces have been trained (Sec.  1915.12(d)(5));
     Establish and train shipyard rescue teams or arrange for 
outside rescue teams, and provide them with information on the hazards 
that they may encounter (Sec.  1915.12(e));
     Ensure that one person on each rescue team maintains a 
current first aid training certificate (Sec.  1915.12(e)(1)(iv));
     Exchange information regarding hazards, safety rules, and 
emergency procedures concerning confined and enclosed spaces, and 
atmospheres with other employers whose workers may enter these spaces 
and atmospheres (Sec.  1915.12(f));
     Ensure testing of spaces having contained bulk quantities 
of combustible or flammable liquids or gases, and toxic, corrosive, or 
irritating substances before cleaning and other cold work is started, 
and as necessary thereafter while the operations are ongoing 
(Sec. Sec.  1915.13(b)(2) and (4));
     Post signs prohibiting ignition sources within or near a 
space that has contained bulk quantities of flammable

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or combustible liquids or gases (Sec.  1915.13(b)(10));
     Ensure that confined and enclosed spaces and other 
dangerous atmospheres, and boundaries of spaces or pipelines are tested 
before workers perform hot work in these work areas (Sec.  
1915.14(a)(1));
     Post warnings of testing conducted by competent persons 
and certificates of testing conducted by a Marine Chemist or Coast 
Guard authorized person in the immediate vicinity of the hot-work 
operation while the operation is in progress (Sec. Sec.  1915.14(a) and 
(b)); and
     Retain certificates of testing on file for at least three 
months after completing the operation (Sec.  1915.14(a)(2)).

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 the approval of the collection 
of information (paperwork) requirements mandated by Subpart A 
(``General Provisions'') and Subpart B (``Confined and Enclosed Spaces 
and Other Dangerous Atmospheres in Shipyard Employment'') of 29 CFR 
part 1915. The agency is requesting an adjustment decrease of 19,246 
burden hours (from 586,064 to 566,818 hours). The adjustment decrease 
is due to a decrease in the number of establishments affected by these 
standards.
    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: Subpart A (``General Provisions'') and Subpart B (``Confined 
and Enclosed Spaces and Other Dangerous Atmospheres in Shipyard 
Employment'') (29 CFR part 1915).
    OMB Control Number: 1218-0011.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profits; Not-for-profit 
organizations; Federal Government; State, Local or Tribal Government.
    Number of Respondents: 4,716.
    Frequency of Responses: On occasion.
    Total Responses: 3,555,305.
    Average Time per Response: Various.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 566,818.
    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. Please 
note: While OSHA's Docket Office is continuing to accept and process 
submissions by regular mail, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Docket 
Office is closed to the public and not able to receive submissions to 
the docket by hand, express mail, messenger, and courier service. All 
comments, attachments, and other material must identify the agency name 
and the OSHA docket number (Docket No. OSHA-2011-0034) 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 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.
    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 
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 at (202) 693-2350, (TTY (877) 889-5627) 
for information about materials not available from the website, and for 
assistance in using the internet to locate docket submissions.

V. Authority and Signature

    Loren Sweatt, Principal 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 December 18, 2020.
Loren Sweatt,
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety 
and Health.
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