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Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; General Provisions and Confined and Enclosed Spaces and Other Dangerous Atmospheres in Shipyard Employment Standards

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The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sponsored information collection request (ICR) titled, “General Provisions and Confined and Enclosed Spaces and Other Dangerous Atmospheres in Shipyard Employment Standards” to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for continued use, without change, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. Public comments on the ICR are invited.


The OMB will consider all written comments that agency receives on or before February 26, 2015.


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 free of charge from the Web site at​public/​do/​PRAViewICR?​ref_​nbr=​201411-1218-004 (this link will only become active on the day following publication of this notice) or by contacting Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-4129, TTY 202-693-8064, (these are not toll-free numbers) or by email at

Submit comments about this request by mail or courier to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for DOL-OSHA, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503; by Fax: 202-395-5806 (this is not a toll-free number); or by email: Commenters are encouraged, but not required, to send a courtesy copy of any comments by mail or courier to the U.S. Department of Labor-OASAM, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Attn: Departmental Information Compliance Management Program, Room N1301, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; or by email:

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Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-4129, TTY 202-693-8064, (these are not toll-free numbers) or by email at

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Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D).

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This ICR seeks to extend PRA authority for the General Provisions and Confined and Enclosed Spaces and Other Dangerous Atmospheres in Shipyard Employment Standards information collection requirements codified in regulations 29 CFR part 1915. The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHAct) requires an employer who is subject to the Standards: (1) to ensure a competent person conducts inspections and atmospheric testing prior to a worker entering a confined or enclosed space (§ 1915.12(a)-(c)); (2) to warn workers not to enter a hazardous space or other dangerous atmosphere (§§ 1915.12 (a)-(c), 1915.16); (3) to train a worker who will be entering a confined or enclosed space and certify such training has been provided (§ 1915.12(d)); (4) to establish and train shipyard rescue teams or arrange for outside rescue teams and provide them with information (§ 1915.12(e)); (5) to ensure one person on each rescue team maintains a current first aid training certificate (§ 1915.12(e)); (6) to exchange information regarding hazards, safety rules, and emergency procedures concerning these spaces and atmospheres with other employers whose workers may enter these spaces and atmospheres (§ 1915.12(f)); (7) to ensure testing of a space having contained a combustible or flammable liquid or gas or toxic, corrosive, or irritating substance, or other dangerous atmosphere, boundary or pipeline before cleaning or other cold work is started and, as necessary thereafter, while the operation is ongoing (§ 1915.13(b)(2) and (4)); (8) to post signs prohibiting ignition sources within or near a space that contains bulk quantities of a flammable or combustible liquid or gas (§ 1915.13(b)(10)); (9) to ensure a confined or enclosed space is tested before a worker performs hot work in the work area (§ 1915.14(a)); (10) to post warnings of testing conducted by a competent person 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 (11) to retain the certificate of testing on file for at least three months after completing the operation (§ 1915.14(a)(2)). OSHAct sections 2(b), 6, and 8 authorize this information collection. See 29 U.S.C. 651(b), 655, & 657.

This information collection is 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 approved by the OMB under the PRA and displays a currently valid OMB Control Number. In addition, notwithstanding any other provisions of law, no person shall generally be subject to penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information that does not display a valid Control Number. See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 1320.6. The DOL obtains OMB approval for this information collection under Control Number 1218-0011.

OMB authorization for an ICR cannot be for more than three (3) years without renewal, and the current approval for this collection is scheduled to expire on January 31, 2015. The DOL seeks to extend PRA authorization for this information collection for three (3) more years, without any change to existing requirements. The DOL notes that existing information collection requirements submitted to the OMB receive a month-to-month extension while they undergo review. For additional substantive information about this ICR, see the related notice published in the Federal Register on October 22, 2014 (79 FR 63171).

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 thirty (30) days of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. In order to help ensure appropriate consideration, comments should mention OMB Control Number Start Printed Page 43191218-0011. 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: DOL-OSHA.

Title of Collection: General Provisions and Confined and Enclosed Spaces and Other Dangerous Atmospheres in Shipyard Employment Standards.

OMB Control Number: 1218-0011.

Affected Public: Private Sector—Businesses or other for-profits.

Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 2,759.

Total Estimated Number of Responses: 2,098,133.

Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 338,981 hours.

Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $0.

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Dated: January 21, 2015.

Michel Smyth,

Departmental Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2015-01352 Filed 1-26-15; 8:45 am]