DEPARTMENT OF LABOROccupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. ICR-1218-0104(2000)]
Inorganic Arsenic; Extension of the Office of Management and
Budget (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork)
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA); Labor.
ACTION: Notice of an opportunity for public comment.
SUMMARY: OSHA solicits comments concerning the proposed reduction in,
and extension of, the information collection requirements contained in
the Inorganic arsenic standard (29 CFR 1910.1018).
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
Ways to minimize the burden on employers who must comply;
for example, by using automated, electronic, mechanical, and other
technological information collection and transmission techniques.
DATES: Submit written comments on or before March 27, 2000.
ADDRESSES: Submit written comments to the Docket Office, Docket No.
ICR-1218-0104(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
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy Dorris, Directorate of Policy,
Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of
Labor, Room N-3641, 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 Inorganic arsenic standard is available
for inspection and copying in the Docket Office, or you may request a
mailed copy by telephoning Nancy Dorris or Todd R. Owen at (202) 693-
2444. For electronic copies of the ICR on the Inorganic arsenic
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 clearly understood, and OSHA's estimate of the
information 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 Inorganic arsenic standard
provide protection for employees from the adverse health effects
associated with exposure to inorganic arsenic. The Inorganic arsenic
standard requires employers to: Monitor employees' exposure to
inorganic arsenic; monitor employee health; develop and maintain
employee exposure-monitoring and medical records; notify local OSHA
area office in writing of regulated areas, and changes to these areas;
and provide employees with information about their exposures and health
effects of exposure to inorganic arsenic.
II. Proposed Actions
OSHA proposes to extend the OMB approval for the collection of
information (paperwork) contained in the Inorganic arsenic standard (29
CFR 1910.1018). 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 Inorganic arsenic standard (29 CFR 1910.1018).
Type of Review: Extension of currently approved information
Title: Inorganic arsenic standard.
OMB Number: 1218-0104.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profit; Federal government;
state, local or tribal government.
Number of Respondents: 42.
Frequency: On occasion.
Total Responses: 58,763.
Average Time per Response: Time per response ranges from 5 minutes
to maintain records to 1.67 hours to complete a medical examination.
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 7,381 hours.
Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $1,142,802.
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, D.C. on January 19, 2000.
Charles N. Jeffress,
Assistant Secretary of Labor.
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