[Federal Register: May 24, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 100)][Notices] [Page 29986-29987]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. ICR-1218-0129(2006)]
Standard on Benzene; Extension of the Office of Management and
Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork)
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
ACTION: Request for public comment.
SUMMARY: OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to
extend OMB approval of the information collection requirements
contained in its Benzene Standard (29 CFR 1910.1028). The Standard
protects employees from adverse health effects from occupational
exposure to benzene.
DATES: Comments must be submitted by the following dates:
Hard Copy: Your comments must be submitted (postmarked or received)
by July 24, 2006.
Facsimile and electronic transmission: Your comments must be
received by July 24, 2006.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by OSHA Docket No. ICR-
1218-0129(2006), 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). OSHA Docket Office and Department of Labor hours
are 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., e.t.
Facsimile: If your comments are 10 pages or fewer in length,
including attachments, you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at
Electronic: You may submit comments through the Internet at http://ecomments.osha.gov.
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 Web page at http://www.OSHA.gov. In
addition, the ICR, comments and submissions are available for
inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office at the address above.
You may also contact Jamaa Hill 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: Jamaa Hill, Directorate of Standards
and Guidance, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-3609, 200
Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 693-
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) 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 Benzene standard
requires employers to conduct employee exposure monitoring; notify the
employees of their benzene exposures; implement a written compliance program;
implement medical-surveillance of employees; and provide protection for
employees from the adverse health effects associated with exposure to
II. Special Issues for Comment
OSHA has a particular interest in comments on the following issues:
Whether the proposed information collection requirements
are necessary for the proper performance of the Agency's functions,
including whether the information is useful;
The accuracy of OSHA's estimate of the burden (time and
costs) for 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.
III. Proposed Actions
OSHA is proposing to extend the information collection requirements
in the Benzene Standard. The information collection requirements
specified in the Benzene Standard protect employees from the adverse
health effects that may result from occupational exposure to benzene.
The major information collection requirements in the standard include
conducting employee exposure monitoring, notifying employees of their
benzene exposures, implementing a written compliance program,
implementing medical surveillance of employees, providing examining
physicians with specific information, ensuring that employees receive a
copy of their medical-surveillance results, maintaining employees'
exposure-monitoring and medical records for specific periods, and
providing access to these records by OSHA, the National Institute for
Occupational Safety and Health, the employee who is the subject of the
records, the employee's representative, and other designated parties.
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 Benzene Standard (29 CFR 1910.1028).
Type of Review: Extension of a currently-approved information
Title: Benzene Standard (29 CFR 1910.1028).
OMB Number: 1218-0129.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profits, Federal Government,
State, local or tribal governments.
Number of Respondents: 13,498.
Frequency: On occasion.
Total Responses: 265,429.
Average Time per Response: Time per response ranges from 5 minutes
to maintain records to 4 hours to complete a referral medical
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 125,209.
Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $8,133,499.
IV. Public Participation--Submission of Comments on This Notice and
Internet Access to Comments and Submissions
You may submit comments and supporting materials in response to
this notice by (1) hard copy, (2) FAX transmission (facsimile), or (3)
electronically through the OSHA Web page. 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 submissions by express delivery, hand
delivery and courier 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 Web page are
available at http://www.OSHA.gov. Contact the OSHA Docket Office for
information about materials not available through the OSHA Web page and
for assistance using the Web page to locate docket submissions.
Electronic copies of this Federal Register notice as well as other
relevant documents are available on OSHA's Web page. Since all
submissions become public, private information such as social security
numbers should not be submitted.
V. Authority and Signature
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., 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 et seq.), and Secretary of Labor's Order No. 5-2002 (67 FR
Signed at Washington, DC, on May 18, 2006.
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.,
Assistant Secretary of Labor.
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