[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 212 (Wednesday, November 3, 2010)]
[Pages 67768-67769]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-27753]



Office of the Secretary

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB 
Review; Comment Request; Baseline Safety and Health Practices Survey

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (DOL) hereby announces submission of 
the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sponsored 
information collection request (ICR), ``Baseline Safety and Health 
Practices Survey,'' to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for 
review and approval for use in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995 (PRA), Public Law 104-13, 44 U.S.C. chapter 35.

DATES: Submit comments on or before December 3, 2010.

ADDRESSES: A copy of this ICR, with applicable supporting 
documentation; including a description of the likely respondents, 
proposed frequency of response, and estimated total burden may be 
obtained from the RegInfo.gov Web site, http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain or by contacting Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-4129 
(this is not a toll-free number) or sending an e-mail to [email protected].
    Submit comments about this request to the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for the Department of Labor, 
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Office of 
Management and Budget, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, Telephone: 
202-395-6881/Fax: 202-395-5806 (these are not toll-free numbers), e-
mail: [email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact Michel Smyth by telephone at 
202-693-4129 (this is not a toll-free number) or by e-mail at [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The DOL is seeking OMB authorization of 
information collections related to Baseline Safety and Health Practices 
Survey. The OSHA is undertaking a rulemaking effort directed toward 
requiring employers to establish injury and illness prevention programs 
(I2P2) to monitor and more effectively implement practices to mitigate 
workplace hazards, thereby reducing the incidence of employee injuries 
and illnesses. The OSHA believes widespread implementation of such 
programs will substantially improve overall workplace safety and health 
    The OSHA is proposing to conduct a statistical survey of private 
sector establishments in non-agricultural industries. The goal of the 
survey is to develop industry-specific, statistically accurate 
estimates of current prevalence of a variety of baseline safety and 
health practices that may be elements of I2P2 among establishments. The 
OSHA also proposes to conduct case study interviews with establishments 
in the agriculture sector to assess the prevalence of safety and health 
practices among farms with more than 10 employees. Finally, the OSHA 
proposes to conduct case study interviews with government officials in 
state-plan states to assess safety and heath practices among agencies 
and departments operated by state and local governments.
    The Baseline Safety and Health Practices Survey is an information 
collection subject to the PRA. A Federal agency generally cannot 
conduct or sponsor a collection of information, and the public is 
generally not required to respond to an information collection, unless 
it is currently approved by the OMB under the PRA and displays a 
currently valid OMB Control Number. In addition, notwithstanding any 
other provision of law, no person shall generally be subject to penalty 
for failing to comply with a collection of information if the 
collection of information does not display a currently valid OMB 
Control Number. See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 1320.6.
    The DOL is seeking approval for this new information collection. 
For additional information, see the related notice published in the 
Federal Register on May 13, 2010 (75 FR 27001).
    The DOL, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and 
respondent burden, submits information collections for OMB 
consideration after conducting a preclearance consultation program to 
provide the public with an opportunity to comment on proposed and 
continuing information collection requirements in accordance with the 
PRA. See 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A). This program ensures that information 
is in the desired format, reporting burden

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(time and cost) is minimal, collection instruments are clearly 
understood, and the estimate of the information collection burden is 
    Interested parties are encouraged to send comments to the OMB, 
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the address shown in 
the ADDRESSES section within 30 days of publication of this notice in 
the Federal Register. In order to ensure appropriate consideration, 
comments should reference OMB ICR Tracking Number 201010-1218-001. The 
OMB is particularly interested in comments that:
     Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, 
including whether the information will have practical utility;
     Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the 
burden of the proposed collection of information, including the 
validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
     Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
     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.
    Agency: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
    Type of Review: New collection of information.
    Title of Collection: Baseline Safety and Health Practices.
    Form Numbers: Not applicable.
    OMB Control Number: Pending.
    Affected Public: Private sector, Businesses, or other for-profits, 
Farms; State, Local, and Tribal Governments.
    Total Estimated Number of Responses: 10,787.
    Total Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 4177.
    Total Estimated Annual Costs Burden: $0.

    Dated: October 27, 2010.
Michel Smyth,
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2010-27753 Filed 11-2-10; 8:45 am]