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    Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection;Comment Request; Lead in General Industry


Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. ICR 97-44]

Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Lead in General Industry

AGENCY: Notice.

SUMMARY: The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is soliciting comments concerning the proposed extension of the information collection request for the Lead in General Industry standard 29 CFR 1910.1025. A copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the employee listed below in the addressee section of this notice. The Department of Labor is particularly interested in comments which:

  • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information 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 technique or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted by September 22, 1997.

ADDRESSES: Comments are to be submitted to the Docket Office, Docket No. ICR 97-44, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-2625, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210, telephone number (202) 219-7894. Written comments limited to 10 pages or less in length may also be transmitted by facsimile to (202) 219-5046.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Todd Owen, Directorate of Health Standards Programs, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N3718, telephone (202) 219-7075. Copies of the referenced information collection request are available for inspection and copying in the Docket Office and will be mailed immediately to persons who request copies by telephoning Barbara Bielaski at (202) 219-8076 or Todd Owen at (202) 219-7075. For electronic copies of the Information Collection Request on Lead in General Industry contact OSHA's WebPage on the Internet at http://www/osha.gov/ and click on standards.


I. Background

The Lead in General Industry standard and its information collection is designed to reduce occupational lead exposure in general industry. Lead exposure can result in both acute and chronic effects and can be fatal in severe cases of lead toxication. The standard requires that employers establish and maintain a training and compliance program, and exposure monitoring and medical surveillance records. These records are used by employees, physicians, employers and OSHA to determine the effectiveness of the employers' compliance efforts.

Type of Review: Extension.

Agency: Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Title: Lead in General Industry 29 CFR 1910.1025.

OMB Number: 1218-0092.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit, Federal government, State and Local governments.

Total Respondents: 50,037.

Frequency: On occasion.

Total Responses: 1,168,728.

Average Time per Response: Ranges from 5 seconds to notify employees of his or her right to seek a second medical opinion to 12 hours to develop a compliance program.

Estimated Total Burden Hours: 1,640,961.

Total Annualized capital/startup costs: 0.

Total initial annual costs (operating/maintaining systems or purchasing services): $114,674,500.

Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval of the information collection request. The comments will become a matter of public record.

Dated: July 15, 1997.

Adam Finkel,
Director, Directorate of Health Standards Program.

[FR Doc. 97-19223 Filed 7-21-97; 8:45 am)