DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. ICR-1218-0170(2000)]
1,3-Butadiene; 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 proposed reduction in,
and extension of, the information collection requirements contained in
the 1,3-Butadiene Standard (29 CFR 1910.1051).
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-1218-0170(2000), Occupational Safety and Health Administration,
U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-2625, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW,
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: Todd R. Owen, Directorate of Policy,
Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of
Labor, Room N-3641, 2000 Constitution Avenue, NW, 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 1,3-Butadiene Standard is available for
inspection and copying in the Docket Office, or you may request a
mailed copy by telephoning Todd R. Owen at (202) 693-2444. For
electronic copies of the ICR on the 1,3-Butadiene 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).
The information collection requirements in the 1,3-Butadiene
Standard provide protection for employees from the adverse health
effects associated with exposure to 1,3-Butadiene. In this regard, the
1,3-Butadiene Standard requires employers to: Monitor employees'
exposure to 1,3-Butadiene; develop and maintain compliance and
exposure-goal programs if employee exposures to 1,3-Butadiene are above
the Standard's permissible exposure limits or action level; monitor
employee health; maintain employee exposure-monitoring and medical
records, and provide employees with information about their exposures
and the health effects of exposure to 1,3-Butadiene.
II. Proposed Actions
OSHA proposes to extend the OMB approval for the collection of
information (paperwork) contained in the 1,3-Butadiene Standard (29 CFR
1910.1051). 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 1,3-Butadiene Standard (29 CFR 1910.1051).
Type of Review: Extension of currently approved information
Title: 1,3-Butadiene Standard (29 CFR 1910.1051).
OMB Number: 1218-0170.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profit; Federal government;
state, local or tribal government.
Number of Respondents: 255.
Frequency: On occasion.
Total Responses: 492,849.
Average Time per Response: Time per response ranges from 5 minutes
to maintain records to 1.5 hours for an employee to complete a medical
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 2,894.
Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $83,080.
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, D.C. on January 19, 2000.
Charles N. Jeffress,
Assistant Secretary of Labor.
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