- Publication Date:
- Publication Type:Notice
- Fed Register #:64:61369-61370
- Standard Number:
- Title:The 13 Carcinogens Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budgets (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements.
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. ICR-1218-0085 (2000)]
The 13 Carcinogens Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA); Labor.
ACTION: Notice of an opportunity for public comment.
SUMMARY: OSHA solicits comments concerning the extension of, and increase in, the information collection requirements contained in the 13 Carcinogens Standard (29 CFR 1910.1003, 29 CFR 1915.1003, and 29 CFR 1926.1103).
Request for Comment
The Agency is particularly interested in comments on the following issues:
Whether the information collection requirements are necessary for the proper performance of the Agency's functions, including whether the information is useful;
The accuracy of the Agency'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 collected; and
Ways to minimize the burden on employers who must comply; for example, by using automated, electronic, mechanical, and other technological information and transmission collection techniques.
DATES: Submit written comments on or before January 10, 2000.
ADDRESSES: Submit written comments to the Docket Office, Docket No. ICR-1218-0085 (2000), Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-2625, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-2350. Commenters may transmit written comments of 10 pages or less in length by facsimile to (202) 693-1648.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Todd R. Owen, Directorate of Policy, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-3627, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-2444. A copy of the Agency's Information Collection Request (ICR) supporting the need for the information collection requirements in the 13 Carcinogens Standard is available for inspection and copying in the Docket Office, or mailed on request by telephoning Todd R. Owen or Barbara Bielaski at (202) 693-2444. For electronic copies of the ICR on the 13 Carcinogens Standard, contact OSHA on the Internet at http://www.osha.gov.
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 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 correct.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (the Act) 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 U.S.C. 657.) In this regard, the information collection requirements in the 13 Carcinogens Standard provides protection for employees from the adverse health effects associated with occupational exposure to 13 carcinogenic chemicals. This information collection request (ICR) covers the following carcinogens: 4-Nitrobiphenyl (§ 1910.1003), alpha-Naphthlamine (§ 1910.1004), methyl chloromethyl ether (§ 1910.1006), 3,'-Dichlorobenzidine (and its salts) (§ 1910.1007), bis-Chloromethyl ether (§ 1910.1008), beta- Naphthylamine (§ 1910.1009), Benzidine (§ 1910.1010), 4- Aminodiphenyl (§ 1910.1011), Ethyleneimine (§ 1910.1012), beta- Propiolactone (§ 1910.1013), 2-Acetylaminofluorene (§ 1910.1014), 4-Dimethylaminoazo-benzene (§ 1910.1015), and N-Nitrosodimethylamine (§ 1910.1016).
II. Proposed Actions
OSHA proposes to extend the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the collections of information (paperwork) contained in the 13 Carcinogens Standard at 29 CFR 1910.1003, 1915.1003, 1926.1103.
The 13 Carcinogens Standard requires employers to develop signs and labels to warn employees about the hazards associated with the 13 carcinogens. Also, employers must notify OSHA Area Directors of new regulated areas, changes to regulated areas, and incidents that occur in regulated areas. Employers must establish and implement a medical surveillance program for employees assigned to enter regulated areas. This program must inform employees of their medical examination results and provide them with access to their medical records. In addition, employers must retain employee medical records for specified time periods and provide these records to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health under certain circumstances.
OSHA will summarize the comments submitted in response to this notice, and will include this summary in the request to OMB to extend the approval of the information collection requirements contained in the 13 Carcinogens Standard.
Type of Review: Extension of currently approved information collection requirements.
Agency: Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Title: The 13 Carcinogens Standard.
OMB Number: 1218-0085.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profit; Federal government; state, local or tribal government.
Number of Respondents: 97.
Frequency: On occasion.
Average Time per Response: Time per response ranges from approximately 5 minutes (for employers to maintain records) to 5 hours (for employers to develop emergency/incident reports).
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 2,798.
Estimated Cost: (Operation and Maintenance): $86,226.
III. Authority and Signature
Charles N. Jeffress, 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. 3506) and Secretary of Labor's Order No. 6-96 (62 FR 111).
Signed at Washington, DC, this 3 day of November 1999.
Charles N. Jeffress,
[FR Doc. 99-29413 Filed 11-9-99; 8:45 am]