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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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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
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.
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:
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.)
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: