[Federal Register Volume 69, Number 141 (Friday, July 23, 2004)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 04-16823]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. ICR-1218-0103 (2004)]
Ionizing Radiation Standard; Extension of the Office of
Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information-Collection
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
ACTION: Request for public comment.
SUMMARY: OSHA solicits comments concerning its request for an extension
of the information-collection requirements contained in the Ionizing
Radiation Standard (29 CFR 1910.1096).
DATES: Comments must be submitted by the following dates:
Hard Copy: Your comments must be submitted (postmarked or received)
by September 21, 2004.
Facsimile and electronic transmission: Your comments must be
received by September 21, 2004.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by OSHA Docket No. ICR-
1218-0103 (2004), by any of the following methods:
Regular mail, express delivery, hand-delivery, and messenger
service: Submit your comments and attachments to the OSHA Docket
Office, 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). The OSHA Docket Office and Department of Labor
hours of operation are 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., ET.
Facsimile: If your comments, including any attachments, are 10
pages or fewer, you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at (202)
Electronic: You may submit comments through the Internet at http://ecomments.osha.gov/. Follow instructions on the OSHA Webpage for
Docket: For access to the docket to read or download comments or
background materials, such as the complete Information Collection
Request (ICR) (containing the Supporting Statement, OMB-83-I Form, and
attachments), go to OSHA's Webpage at http://OSHA.gov. Comments,
submissions and the ICR are available for inspection and copying at the
OSHA Docket Office at the address above. You may also contact Todd Owen
at the address below to obtain a copy of the ICR.
(For additional information on submitting comments, please see the
``Public Participation'' heading in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
section of this document.)
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Todd Owen, Directorate of Standards
and Guidance, OSHA, Room N-3609, U.S. Department of Labor, 200
Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 693-
I. Submission of Comments on this Notice and Internet Access to
Comments and Submissions
You may submit comments and supporting materials in response to
this document by (1) hard copy, (2) FAX transmission (facsimile), or
(3) electronically through the OSHA Webpage.
Because of security related problems, there may be a significant
delay in the receipt of comments by regular mail. Please contact the
OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-2350 (TTY (877) 889-5627) for
information about security procedures concerning the delivery of
materials by express delivery, hand delivery and messenger service.
All comments, submissions and background documents are available
for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office at the above
address. Comments and submissions posted on OSHA's Webpage are
available at http://www.OSHA.gov. Contact the OSHA Docket Office for
information about materials not available through the OSHA Webpage and
for assistance using the Webpage to locate docket submissions.
Electronic copies of this Federal Register notice as well as other
relevant documents are available on OSHA's Webpage.
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce
paperwork and respondent (i.e., employer) burden, conducts a
preclearance consultation program to provide the public 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 accurate. The Occupational Safety and Health Act
of 1970 (the Act) (29 U.S.C. 651 et seq.) 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
specified in the Ionizing Radiation Standard protect employees from the
adverse health effects that may result from their exposure to ionizing
radiation. The requirements of the Ionizing Radiation Standard include
monitoring of employee exposure to ionizing radiation, instruction
employees on the hazards associated with ionizing radiation exposure
and precautions to minimize exposure, posting of caution signs at
radiation areas, reporting of employee overexposure to OSHA,
maintaining exposure records, and providing exposure records to current
and former employees.
III. Special Issues for Comment
OSHA has a particular interest 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 or other technological information
collection and transmission techniques.
IV. Proposed Actions
OSHA is proposing to extend the information-collection requirements
contained in the Ionizing Radiation Standard (29 CFR 1910.1096). The
Agency 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 requirement contained in the
Type of Review: Extension of currently approved information-
Title: Ionizing Radiation (29 CFR 1910.1096).
OMB Number: 1218-0103.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profit; not-for-profit
institutions; Federal government; State, local or tribal governments.
Number of Respondents: 12,113.
Frequency of Response: Occasionally/Quarterly/Annually/Immediately/
Within 24-hours/Within 30 days.
Total Responses: 196,844.
Average Time Per Response: Time per response varies from 5 minutes
to maintain radiation-exposure records to 30 minutes (.5 hours) for
employers to gather and prepare training materials and to provide
training to employees.
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 37,398 hours.
Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $2,022,648.
V. Authority and Signature
John L. Henshaw, 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. 5-2002 (67 FR 65008).
Signed at Washington, DC, on July 15, 2004.
John L. Henshaw,
Assistant Secretary of Labor.
[FR Doc. 04-16823 Filed 7-22-04; 8:45 am]
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