OSHA Strategic Partnership Program (OSPP) for Worker Safety and Health; Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements

CourtOccupational Safety And Health Administration
Published date07 March 2022
Record Number2022-04709
Federal Register, Volume 87 Issue 44 (Monday, March 7, 2022)
[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 44 (Monday, March 7, 2022)]
                [Notices]
                [Pages 12735-12737]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                [FR Doc No: 2022-04709]
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                DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
                Occupational Safety and Health Administration
                [Docket No. OSHA-2011-0861]
                OSHA Strategic Partnership Program (OSPP) for Worker Safety and
                Health; 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 the OSHA Strategic
                Partnership Program (OSPP) for Worker Safety and Health.
                DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
                May 6, 2022.
                ADDRESSES:
                 Electronically: You may submit comments, including attachments,
                electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal eRulemaking
                Portal. Follow the instructions online for submitting comments.
                 Docket: To read or download comments or other material in the
                docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov. Documents in the docket 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
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                material, are available for inspection through the OSHA Docket Office.
                Contact the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-2350 (TTY (877) 889-5627)
                for assistance in locating docket submissions.
                 Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and the
                OSHA docket number for this Federal Register notice (OSHA-2011-0861).
                OSHA will place comments and requests to speak, including personal
                information, in the public docket, which may be available online.
                Therefore, OSHA cautions interested parties about submitting personal
                information such as Social Security numbers and birthdates. For further
                information on submitting comments, see the ``Public Participation''
                heading in the section of this notice titled SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
                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 (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 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 that OSHA obtain such information with a minimum burden upon
                employers, especially those operating small businesses, and to reduce
                to the maximum extent feasible unnecessary duplication of efforts in
                obtaining said information (29 U.S.C. 657).
                 The OSPP allows OSHA to enter into an extended, voluntary,
                cooperative relationship with groups of employers, employees, and
                representatives (sometimes including other stakeholders, and sometimes
                involving only one employer) to encourage, assist, and recognize their
                efforts to eliminate serious hazards and to achieve a high level of
                worker safety and health that goes beyond what historically has been
                achieved from traditional enforcement methods. Each OSHA Strategic
                Partnership (OSP) determines what information will be needed,
                determining the best collection method, and clarifying how the
                information will be used. At a minimum, each OSP must identify baseline
                injury and illness data corresponding to all summary line items on the
                OSHA 300 logs and must track changes at either the worksite level or
                participant-aggregate level. An OSP may also include other measures of
                success, such as training activity, self-inspections, and/or workers'
                compensation data. In this regard, the information collection
                requirements for the OSPP are used by the agency to gauge the
                effectiveness of programs, identify needed improvements, and ensure
                that resources are being used effectively and appropriately.
                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
                 The agency is requesting an adjustment increase of 4,466 burden
                hours of the previous approval from 14,014 to 18,480 hours. The
                increase in burden is a result of increase in the number of employers
                and participants.
                 Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
                 Title: OSHA Strategic Partnership Program (OSPP) for Worker Safety
                and Health.
                 OMB Control Number: 1218-0244.
                 Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits.
                 Total Number of Responses: 3,040.
                 Frequency of Responses: On occasion.
                 Average Time: Various.
                 Estimated Total Burden Hours: 18,480.
                 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 for this ICR (Docket No. OSHA-2011-0861).
                You may supplement electronic submissions by uploading document files
                electronically. If you wish to mail additional materials in reference
                to an electronic or a 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 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 their social security number
                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 for information
                about materials not available from the website and for assistance in
                using the internet to locate docket submissions.
                V. Authority and Signature
                 James S. Frederick, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for
                Occupational Safety and Health, directed the
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                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 February 25, 2022.
                James S. Frederick,
                Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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