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Peer Review Agenda
Last Updated February 2014

Under the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Information Quality Bulletin for Peer Review, Federal Agencies must post an agenda describing their plans for external peer review of scientific information and assessments that the Agency intends to disseminate. This page lists scientific products under development that OSHA plans to have peer reviewed in the near term. The entries below include a link to any draft documents that are available to the public. To obtain a copy of the OMB Bulletin, click here.

This peer review agenda will be updated periodically; announcements that the agenda has been updated will appear in the "OSHA News" section on OSHA's home page (

The public is invited to submit comments on this agenda. You may submit comments by any of the following methods:

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Fax: If your comments, including any attachments, are 10 pages or fewer, you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-1648.

Mail, express delivery, hand delivery and courier service: You must submit your comments and attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket OSHA-2012-0030, 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 of operations are 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., ET.

Because comments submitted to the docket are available for public inspection, the Agency cautions interested parties against including any personal information such as social security numbers or birthdates. Please note that OSHA will not respond to individual comments; if you have questions, please contact the office indicated on each agenda entry.

All comments will be available for inspection and copying in the OSHA Docket Office at the address above. Most comments will be posted on OSHA's Web page at Contact the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-2350 for information on materials not available on the OSHA Web page and for assistance in using this Web page to locate docket submissions.

Peer Review Agenda

Title of planned report: Health Effects Analysis and Quantitative Risk Assessment for Crystalline Silica
Subject and purpose: Development of proposed standard for crystalline silica. Report contains evaluation of scientific evidence describing health effects associated with occupational exposure to crystalline silica, and presents quantitative estimates of health risks.
Agency contact: William Perry, Acting Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, (202) 693-1950
The report is likely to be: Influential scientific information _____
A highly influential scientific assessment: __X__
Timing of the review: Initial peer reviewer’s reports completed January 2010, amended final reports to be completed the following rulemaking hearing (summer 2014)
The peer review will be conducted by: A peer review panel _____
Individual letter reviews __X__
An alternative procedure (describe) _____
Will the agency provide opportunities for the public to comment on the work product to be peer reviewed? Yes __X__
No _____
NA _____
If yes, how and when will these opportunities be provided? The public will have an opportunity to comment on the Preliminary Health Effects analysis and Quantitative Risk Assessment as part of the Agency’s rulemaking proceeding.
Will the agency provide significant and relevant public comments to the peer reviewers before they conduct their review? Yes __X__
No _____

The Agency plans on scheduling time during the informal rulemaking hearing for participants to comment on the Preliminary Health Effects Analysis and Risk Assessment in the presence of peer reviewers. Reviewers will subsequently be asked to submit amended final comments to the record.
Anticipated number of reviewers: 3 or fewer _____
4-10 __X__
More than 10 _____
Primary disciplines or expertise needed in the review: Epidemiology, biostatistics and risk assessment, animal and cellular toxicology, occupational medicine
Reviewers will be selected by: The agency _____
A designated outside organization __X__
Will the public, including scientific or professional societies, be asked to nominate potential peer reviewers? Yes _____
No __X__

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