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

October 04, 2012

Action

Notice.

Summary

 As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or Commission) requests comments on a proposed extension of approval, for a period of 3 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.

 

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DATES:

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The Office of the Secretary must receive comments not later than December 3, 2012.

ADDRESSES:

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You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. CPSC-2013-0002, by any of the following methods:

 

Electronic Submissions

 

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Submit electronic comments in the following way:

Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

 

To ensure timely processing of comments, the Commission is no longer accepting comments submitted by electronic mail (email), except through www.regulations.gov.

 

Written Submissions

 

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Submit written submissions in the following way:

 

Mail/Hand delivery/Courier (for paper, disk, or CD-ROM submissions), preferably in five copies, to: Office of the Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Room 502, 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814; telephone (301) 504-7923.

 

Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number for this notice. All comments received may be posted without change, including any personal identifiers, contact information, or other personal information provided, to http://www.regulations.gov. Do not submit confidential business information, trade secret information, or other sensitive orprotected information electronically. Such information should be submitted in writing.

 

Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

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For further information contact: Robert H. Squibb, Consumer Product Safety Commission, 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814; (301) 504-7815, or by email to: rsquibb@cpsc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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A. The Standards

 

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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 12, 2012. The Commission proposes to request an extension of approval for the collection of information in the children's sleepwear standards and implementing regulations.

 

B. Estimated Burden

 

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Commission staff estimates that about 83 firms manufacture or import products subject to the two children's sleepwear flammability standards. These firms may perform an estimated 2,000 tests each, which take up to 3 hours per test. Commission staff estimates that these standards and implementing regulations will impose an average annual burden of about 6,000 hours on each of those firms (2,000 tests × 3 hours). That burden will result from conducting the testing required by the standards and maintaining records of the results of that testing mandated 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 498,000 hours (83 firms × 6,000). The annual cost to the industry is estimated to be $30,751,500, based on an hourly wage of $61.75 (Bureau of Labor Statistics: total compensation for management, professional, and related workers in goods-producing private industries: http://www.bls.gov/ncs) × 498,000 hours.

 

The Commission will expend approximately 3 months of professional staff time annually, for examination of information in 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 $43,014. This estimate uses an annual total compensation of $119,238 (the equivalent of a GS-14 step 5 employee with an additional 30.7 percent added for benefits.)

 

C. Request for Comments

 

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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: October 1, 2012.

 

Todd A. Stevenson,

 

Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission.

 

[FR Doc. 2012-24491 Filed 10-3-12; 8:45 am]


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