[Federal Register: April 14, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 72)][Notices] [Page 20068-20070]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2008-0004]
Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories
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: Request for public comment.
SUMMARY: OSHA solicits public comment concerning its proposal to extend
OMB approval of the information collection requirements specified by
the Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories
Standard (Sec. 1910.1450).
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
June 13, 2008.
ADDRESSES: Electronically: You may submit comments and attachments
electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal
eRulemaking Portal. Follow the instructions online for submitting
Facsimile: If your comments, including attachments, are not longer
than 10 pages, you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-
Mail, hand delivery, express mail, messenger, or courier service:
When using this method, you must submit three copies of your comments
and attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, OSHA Docket No. OSHA-2008-
0004, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health
Administration, Room N-2625, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington,
DC 20210. Deliveries (hand, express mail, messenger, and courier
service) are accepted during the Department of Labor's and Docket
Office's normal business hours, 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., ET.
Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and OSHA
docket number (OSHA-2008-0004) for the Information Collection Request
(ICR). All comments, including any personal information you provide,
are placed in the public docket without change, and may be made
available online at http://www.regulations.gov. For further information
on submitting comments see the "Public Participation" heading in the
section of this notice titled SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Docket: To read or download comments or other material in the
docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov or the OSHA Docket Office at
the address above. All documents in the docket (including this Federal
Register notice) are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index;
however, some information (e.g., copyrighted material) is not publicly
available to read or download through the Web site. All submissions,
including copyrighted material, are available for inspection and
copying at the OSHA Docket Office. You may also contact Jamaa Hill at
the address below to obtain a copy of the ICR.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jamaa N. Hill or Todd Owen,
Directorate of Standards and Guidance, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor,
Room N-3609, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210;
telephone (202) 693-2222.
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 OSH Act) (29 U.S.C. 651 et seq.) authorizes information
collection by employers as necessary or appropriate for enforcement of
the OSH Act or for developing information regarding the causes and
prevention of occupational injuries, illnesses, and accidents (29
U.S.C. 657). The OSH Act also requires that OSHA obtain such
information with minimum burden upon employers, especially those
operating small businesses, and to reduce to the maximum extent
feasible unnecessary duplication of efforts in obtaining information
(29 U.S.C. 657).
The standard entitled "Occupational Exposure to Hazardous
Chemicals in Laboratories" (29 CFR 1910.1450; the "Standard")
applies to laboratories that use hazardous chemicals in accordance with
the Standard's definitions for "laboratory use of hazardous
chemicals" and "laboratory scale." The Standard requires these
laboratories to maintain employee exposures at or below the permissible
exposure limits specified for the hazardous chemicals in 29 CFR part
1910, subpart Z. They do so by developing a written Chemical Hygiene
Plan (CHP) that describes: Standard operating procedures for using
hazardous chemicals; hazard control techniques; equipment reliability
measures; employee information-and-training programs; conditions under
which the employer must approve operations, procedures, and activities
before implementation; and medical consultations and examinations. The
CHP also designates personnel responsible for implementing the CHP, and
specifies the procedures used to provide additional protection to
employees exposed to particularly hazardous chemicals.
Other information collection requirements of the Standard include:
Documenting exposure monitoring results; notifying employees in writing
of these results; presenting specified information and training to
employees; establishing a medical surveillance program for overexposed
employees; providing required information to the physician; obtaining
the physician's written opinion on using proper respiratory equipment
and establishing, maintaining, transferring, and disclosing exposure
monitoring and medical records. These collection of information
requirements, including the CHP, control employee overexposure to
hazardous laboratory chemicals, thereby preventing serious illnesses
and death among employees exposed to such chemicals.
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) 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.
III. Proposed Actions
OSHA is proposing to extend the information collection requirements
contained in the Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in
Laboratories Standard (29 CFR 1910.1450). The Agency is requesting to
increase its current burden hour total from 270,636 hours to 281,419
hours for a total increase of 10,783 hours. The adjustment is primarily
a result of an increase in the number of facilities being monitored
(from 43,300 to 45,616) and the number of employees covered by the
Standard (from 1,598,385 to 1,660,408) based on updated data obtained
from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 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 requirements contained in
Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved information
Title: Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in
OMB Number: 1218-0131.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profits; not-for-profit
institutions; Federal government; State, local, or Tribal governments.
Number of Respondents: 45,616.
Frequency of Response: Annually; monthly; on occasion.
Total Responses: 911,446.
Average Time per Response: Varies from 5 minutes (.08 hour) for a
variety of requirements (e.g., for an office clerk to develop and post
exposure monitoring results) to 8 hours for an employer to develop a
Chemical Hygiene Plan.
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 281,419.
Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $35,978,301.
IV. Public Participation--Submission of Comments on This Notice and
Internet Access to Comments and Submissions
You may submit comments in response to this document as follows:
(1) Electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal
eRulemaking Portal; (2) by facsimile (FAX); or (3) by hard copy. All
comments, attachments, and other material must identify the Agency name
and the OSHA docket number for the ICR (Docket No. OSHA-2008-0004). You
may supplement electronic submissions by uploading document files
electronically. If you wish to mail additional materials in reference
to an electronic or facsimile submission, you must submit them to the
OSHA Docket Office (see the section of this notice titled ADDRESSES).
The additional materials must clearly identify your electronic comments
by your name, date, and the docket number so the Agency can attach them
to your comments.
Because of security procedures, the use of regular mail may cause a
significant delay in the receipt of comments. For information about
security procedures concerning the delivery of materials by hand,
express delivery, messenger, or courier service, please contact the
OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-2350 (TTY (877) 889-5627).
Comments and submissions are posted without change at
http://www.regulations.gov. Therefore, OSHA cautions commenters about
submitting personal information such as social security numbers and
date of birth. Although all submissions are listed in the
http://www.regulations.gov index, some information (e.g.,
copyrighted material) is not publicly available to read or download
through this Web site. All submissions, including copyrighted material,
are available for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office.
Information on using the http://www.regulations.gov Web site to submit
comments and access the docket is available at the Web site's "User
Tips" link. Contact the OSHA Docket Office for information about
materials not available through the Web site, and for assistance in
using the Internet to locate docket submissions.
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. 5-2007 (72 FR
Signed at Washington, DC, on April 8, 2008.
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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