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Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Portable Fire Extinguishers Standard

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ACTION:

Notice of availability; request for comments.

SUMMARY:

On July 31, 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) will submit the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sponsored information collection request (ICR) titled, “Portable Fire Extinguishers Standard,” 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). Public comments on the ICR are invited.

DATES:

The OMB will consider all written comments that agency receives on or before August 30, 2017.

ADDRESSES:

A copy of this ICR with applicable supporting documentation; Start Printed Page 35550including a description of the likely respondents, proposed frequency of response, and estimated total burden may be obtained free of charge from the RegInfo.gov Web site at http://www.reginfo.gov/​public/​do/​PRAViewICR?​ref_​nbr=​20171606-1218-004 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 DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.

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: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov. 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: DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

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

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

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

This ICR seeks to extend PRA authority for the Portable Fire Extinguishers Standard information collection codified in regulations 29 CFR 1910.157(e)(3). The Standard requires an Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) covered employer to subject each portable fire extinguisher to an annual maintenance inspection and to record the date of the inspection. The regulation requires the employer to retain the inspection record for one year after the last entry or for the life of the shell, whichever is less, and to make the record available to the OSHA on request. This recordkeeping requirement assures employees and OSHA compliance officers that any portable fire extinguisher located in the workplace will operate normally in case of fire; in addition, this requirement provides evidence to an OSHA compliance officer during an inspection that the employer performed the required maintenance checks on the portable fire extinguishers. OSH Act sections 2 and 8 authorize this information collection. See 29 U.S.C. 651, 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 1218-0238.

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 July 31, 2017. 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 April 24, 2017 (82 FR 18930).

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 1218-0238. 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: Portable Fire Extinguishers Standard.

OMB Control Number: 1218-0238.

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

Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 5,869,911.

Total Estimated Number of Responses: 5,869,911.

Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 293,496 hours.

Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $95,386,054.

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Dated: July 25, 2017.

Michel Smyth,

Departmental Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2017-16029 Filed 7-28-17; 8:45 am]

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