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    Submission for OMB Review: Comment Request
 [Federal Register: August 3, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 148)][Notices]               
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Office of the Secretary

Submission for OMB Review: Comment Request

July 28, 2010.
    The Department of Labor (DOL) hereby announces the submission of 
the following public information collection request (ICR) to the Office 
of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance 
with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. 
chapter 35). A copy of the ICR, with applicable supporting 
documentation; including, among other things, a description of the 
likely respondents, proposed frequency of response, and estimated total 
burden may be obtained from the RegInfo.gov Web site at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain
or by contacting Linda Watts Thomas on 202-693-2443 (this is
not a toll-free number)/e-mail: DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.
    Interested parties are encouraged to send comments to the Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for the 
Department of Labor--Occupational Safety and Health Administration 
(OSHA), Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, Washington, DC 
20503, Telephone: 202-395-7316/Fax: 202-395-5806 (these are not toll-
free numbers), E-mail: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov within 30 days from 
the date of this publication in the Federal Register. In order to 
ensure the appropriate consideration, comments should reference the OMB 
Control Number (see below).
    The OMB is particularly interested in comments which:
     Evaluate whether the proposed information collection 
requirements are necessary for the proper performance of the Agency, 
including whether the information will have practical utility;
     Evaluate the accuracy of the Agency's estimate of the 
burden of the proposed collection of information, including the 
validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
     Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
     Minimize the burden of the collections of information on 
those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate 
automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting 
electronic submission of responses.
    Agency: Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
    Type of Review: Extension without change of a previously approved 
    Title of Collection: Asbestos in General Industry (29 CFR 
    OMB Control Number: 1218-0133.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profits.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 243.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 11,933.
    Estimated Total Annual Costs Burden (excludes hourly wage costs): 
    Description: The basic purpose of the information collection 
requirements in the Standard is to document that employers in general 
industry are providing their workers with protection from hazardous 
asbestos exposure. Asbestos exposure results in asbestosis, an 
emphysema-like condition; lung cancer; mesothelioma; and 
gastrointestinal cancer.
    Several provisions of the Standard specify paperwork requirements, 
including: Implementing an exposure monitoring program that notifies 
workers of their exposure monitoring results; establishing a written 
compliance program; and informing laundry personnel of the requirement 
to prevent release of airborne asbestos above the time-weighted average 
and excursion limit. Other provisions associated with paperwork 
requirements include: Maintaining records of information obtained 
concerning the presence, location, and quantity of asbestos-containing 
materials (ACMs) and/or presumed asbestos-containing materials (PACMs) 
in a building/facility; notifying housekeeping workers of the presence 
and location of ACMs and PACMs in areas they may contact during their 
work; posting warning signs demarcating regulated areas; posting signs 
in mechanical rooms/areas that workers may enter and that contain ACMs 
and PACMs, informing them of the identity and location of these 
materials and work practices that prevent disturbing the materials; and 
affixing warning labels to asbestos-containing products and to 
containers holding such products. Additional provisions that contain 
paperwork requirements include: Developing specific information and 
training programs for workers; using information, data, and analyses to 
demonstrate that PACMs do not contain asbestos; providing medical 
surveillance for workers potentially exposed to ACMs and/or PACMs, 
including administering a worker medical questionnaire, providing 
information to the examining physician, and providing the physician's 
written opinion to the worker; maintaining exposure monitoring records, 
objective data used for exposure determinations, and medical 
surveillance; making specified records (e.g., exposure monitoring and 
medical surveillance records) available to designated parties; and 
transferring exposure monitoring and medical surveillance records to 
the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) on 
cessation of business, if so requested by NIOSH.
    These paperwork requirements permit employers, workers and their 
designated representatives, OSHA, and other specified parties to determine the 
effectiveness of an employer's asbestos-control program. Accordingly, 
the requirements ensure that workers exposed to asbestos receive all of 
the protection afforded by the Standard.
    For additional information, see the related 60-day preclearance 
notice published in the Federal Register on April 5, 2010, (75 FR 

    Dated: July 28, 2010.
Linda Watts Thomas,
Acting Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2010-18985 Filed 8-2-10; 8:45 am]