[Federal Register Volume 64, Number 193 (Wednesday, October 6, 1999)]
[Notices]
[Pages 54276-54277]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 99-25893]


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CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION


Proposed Collection; Comment Request--Collection of Information 
for Children's Sleepwear

AGENCY: Consumer Product Safety Commission.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 
Chapter 35), the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) requests 
comments on a proposed extension of approval, for a period of three 
years from the date of approval by the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB), of a collection of information from manufacturers and importers 
of children's sleepwear. This collection of information is in the 
Standard for the Flammability of Children's Sleepwear: Sizes 0 through 
6X and the Standard for the Flammability of Children's Sleepwear: Sizes 
7 through 14 and regulations implementing those standards. See 16 CFR 
Parts 1615 and 1616. The children's sleepwear standards and 
implementing regulations establish requirements for testing and 
recordkeeping by manufacturers and importers of children's sleepwear.
    The Commission will consider all comments received in response to 
this notice before requesting an extension of approval of this 
collection of information from OMB.

DATES: The Office of the Secretary must receive written comments not 
later than December 6, 1999.


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ADDRESSES: Written comments should be captioned ``Children's Sleepwear, 
Collection of Information'' and mailed to the Office of the Secretary, 
Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, D.C. 20207, or 
delivered to that office, room 502, 4330 East-West Highway, Bethesda, 
Maryland 20814. Written comments may also be sent to the Office of the 
Secretary by facsimile at (301) 504-0127 or by e-mail at cpsc-
os@cpsc.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information about the proposed 
extension of approval of the collection of information, or to obtain a 
copy of 16 CFR Parts 1615 and 1616, call or write Linda L. Glatz, 
Office of Planning and Evaluation, Consumer Product Safety Commission, 
Washington, D.C. 20207; telephone (301) 504-0416, extension 2226.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. The Standards

    Children's sleepwear in sizes 0 through 6X manufactured for sale in 
or imported into the United States is subject to the Standard for the 
Flammability of Children's Sleepwear: Sizes 0 through 6X (16 CFR Part 
1615). Children's sleepwear in sizes 7 through 14 is subject to the 
Standard for the Flammability of Children's Sleepwear: Sizes 7 through 
14 (16 CFR Part 1616). The children's sleepwear flammability standards 
require that fabrics, seams, and trim used in children's sleepwear in 
sizes 0 through 14 must self-extinguish when exposed to a small open-
flame ignition source. The children's sleepwear standards and 
implementing regulations also require manufacturers and importers of 
children's sleepwear in sizes 0 through 14 to perform testing of 
products and to maintain records of the results of that testing. 16 CFR 
Part 1615, Subpart B; 16 CFR Part 1616; Subpart B. The Commission uses 
the information compiled and maintained by manufacturers and importers 
of children's sleepwear to help protect the public from risks of death 
or burn injuries associated with children's sleepwear. More 
specifically, the Commission reviews this information to determine 
whether the products produced and imported by the firms comply with the 
applicable standard. Additionally, the Commission uses this information 
to arrange corrective actions if items of children's sleepwear fail to 
comply with the applicable standard in a manner that creates a 
substantial risk of injury to the public.
    OMB approved the collection of information in the children's 
sleepwear standards and implementing regulations under control number 
3041-0027. OMB's most recent extension of approval will expire on 
December 31, 1999. The Commission proposes to request an extension of 
approval without change for the collection of information in the 
children's sleepwear standards and implementing regulations.

B. Estimated Burden

    The Commission staff estimates that about 63 firms manufacture or 
import products subject to the two children's sleepwear flammability 
standards. The Commission staff estimates that these standards and 
implementing regulations will impose an average annual burden of about 
1,650 hours on each of those firms. That burden will result from 
conducting the testing required by the standards and maintaining 
records of the results of that testing required by the implementing 
regulations. The total annual burden imposed by the standards and 
regulations on all manufacturers and importers of children's sleepwear 
will be about 103,950 hours. The hourly wage for the testing and 
recordkeeping required by the standards and regulations is about $30, 
for an annual cost to the industry of about $3,118,500.
    The Commission will expend approximately three months of 
professional staff time and travel costs annually for reviewing and 
evaluating the records maintained by manufacturers and importers of 
children's sleepwear subject to the standards. The annual cost to the 
Federal government of the collection of information in the sleepwear 
standards and implementing regulations is estimated to be $17,000.

C. Request for Comments

    The Commission solicits written comments from all interested 
persons about the proposed collection of information. The Commission 
specifically solicits information relevant to the following topics:

--Whether the collection of information described above is necessary 
for the proper performance of the Commission's functions, including 
whether the information would have practical utility;
--Whether the estimated burden of the proposed collection of 
information is accurate;
--Whether the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be 
collected could be enhanced; and
--Whether the burden imposed by the collection of information could be 
minimized by use of automated, electronic or other technological 
collection techniques, or other forms of information technology.

    Dated: September 29, 1999.
Sadye E. Dunn,
Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission.
[FR Doc. 99-25893 Filed 10-5-99; 8:45 am]
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