[Federal Register: June 28, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 123)]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. ICR-1218-0061(2005)]
Cotton Dust Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and
Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork)
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
ACTION: Request for public comment.
SUMMARY: OSHA solicits public comment concerning its request for an
extension of the information collection requirements contained in the
Cotton Dust Standard (29 CFR 1910.1043).
DATES: Comments must be submitted by the following dates:
Hard copy: Your comments must be submitted (postmarked or received)
by August 29, 2005.
Facsimile and electronic transmission: Your comments must be
received by August 29, 2005.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by OSHA Docket No. ICR-
1218-0061 (2005), by any of the following methods:
Regular mail, express delivery, hand delivery, and messenger
service: Submit your comments and attachments to the OSHA Docket
Office, Room N-2625, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue,
NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 693-2350 (OSHA's TTY number
is (877) 889-5627). OSHA Docket Office and Department of Labor hours
are 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., e.t.
Facsimile: If your comments are 10 pages or fewer in length,
including attachments, you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at
Electronic: You may submit comments through the Internet at
http://ecomments.osha.gov. Follow instructions on the OSHA Web page for
Docket: For access to the docket to read or download comments or
background materials, such as the complete Information Collection
Request (ICR) (containing the Supporting Statement, OMB-83-I Form, and
attachments), go to OSHA's Web page at http://www.OSHA.gov. In
addition, the ICR, comments and submissions are available for
inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office at the address above.
You may also contact Todd Owen at the address below to obtain a copy of
the ICR. For additional information on submitting comments, please see
the "Public Participation" heading in the supplementary information
section of this document.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Todd Owen, Directorate of Standards
and Guidance, OSHA, Room N-3609, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW.,
Washington, DC 20210, telephone: (202) 693-2222.
The Department of Labor, as part of its 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 (PRA-95) (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 (the Act) (29 U.S.C. 651 et seq.) authorizes information
collection by employers as necessary or appropriate for enforcement of
the Act or for developing information regarding the causes and
prevention of occupational injuries, illnesses, and accidents (29
On January 5, 2005, OSHA published the Standards Improvement
Project--Phase II, Final rule (70 FR 1112). The final rule removed and
revised provisions of standards that were outdated, duplicative,
unnecessary, or inconsistent and clarified or simplified regulatory
language. The final rule contained a revision to allow employers the
option to either post employee exposure-monitoring results or notify
individually, instead of allowing only individual notification. The
changes reduced paperwork burden hours while maintaining worker
protection and improving consistency among standards. The burden hour
reduction was taken in the previous ICR.
The information collection requirements specified in the Cotton
Dust Standard (29 CFR 1910.1043) protect employees from the adverse
health effects that may result from their exposure to Cotton Dust. The
major information collection requirements of the Cotton Dust Standard
include: Performing exposure monitoring, including initial, periodic,
and additional monitoring; notifying each employee of their exposure
monitoring results either individually in writing or by posting;
implementing a written compliance program; and establishing a
respiratory protection program in accordance with OSHA's Respiratory
Protection Standard (29 CFR 1910.134).
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
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
OSHA proposes to extend the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB)
approval of these collection of information (paperwork) requirements
necessitated by the Cotton Dust Standard (29 CFR 1910.1043). The Agency
will include this summary in its request to OMB to extend the approval
of these collection of information requirements.
Type of Review: Extension of currently approved information
Title: Cotton Dust Standard.
OMB Number: 1218-0061.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profits; Federal Government;
State, Local or Tribal Government.
Frequency: On occasion.
Average Time Per Response: Varies from 5 minutes (.08 hour) to
maintain a required record to two hours to conduct exposure monitoring.
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 70,340.
Estimated cost (Operation and Maintenance): 6,526,315.
IV. Public Participation--Submission of comments on This Notice and
Internet Access to Comments and Submissions
You may submit comments and supporting materials in response to
this notice by (1) hard copy, (2) FAX transmission (facsimile), or (3)
electronically through the OSHA Webpage. Because of security-related
problems, there may be a significant delay in the receipt of comments
by regular mail. Please contact the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-
2350 (TTY (877) 889-5627) for information about security procedures
concerning the delivery of submissions by express delivery, hand
delivery and courier service.
All comments, submissions and background documents are available
for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office at the above
address. Comments and submissions posted on OSHA's Webpage are
available at http://www.OSHA.gov. Contact the OSHA docket Office for
information about materials not available through the OSHA Webpage and
for assistance using the Webpage to locate docket submissions.
Electronic copies of this Federal Register notice as well as other
relevant documents are available on OSHA's Webpage. Since all
submissions become public, private information such as social security
numbers should not be submitted.
V. Authority and Signature
Jonathan L. Snare, Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for
Occupational Safety and Health, directed the preparation of this
notice. The authority for this notice is the Paperwork Reduction Act of
1995 (44 U.S.C. 3406 et seq.), and Secretary of Labor's Order No. 5-
2002 (67 FR 65008).
Dated: Signed at Washington, DC, on June 22, 2005.
Jonathan L. Snare,
Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor.
[FR Doc. 05-12769 Filed 6-27-05; 8:45 am]
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