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    Submission for OMB Review: Comment Request
[Federal Register: August 30, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 167)][Notices]               [Page 52979-52980]
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Office of the Secretary

Submission for OMB Review: Comment Request

August 24, 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: 
    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: Access to Employee Exposure and Medical 
Records (29 CFR 1910.1020)
    OMB Control Number: 1218-0065.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profits.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 690,591.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 665,009.
    Estimated Total Annual Costs Burden (Excludes Hourly Wage Costs): 
    Description: Under the authority granted by the Occupational Safety 
and Health Act of 1970, OSHA published a health regulation governing 
access to worker exposure monitoring data and medical records. This 
regulation does not require employers to collect any information or to 
establish any new systems of records. Rather, it requires that 
employers provide workers, their designated representatives, and OSHA 
with access to worker exposure monitoring and medical records, and any 
analyses resulting from these records that employers must maintain 
under OSHA's toxic chemical and harmful physical agent standards. In 
this regard, the regulation specifies requirements for record access, 
record retention, worker information, trade secret management, and 
record transfer. Accordingly, the Agency attributes the burden hours 
and costs associated with exposure monitoring and measurement, medical 
surveillance, and the other activities required to generate the data 
governed by the regulation to the health standards that specify these 
activities; therefore, OSHA did not include these burden hours and 
costs in the ICR.
    Access to exposure and medical information enables workers and 
their designated representatives to become directly involved in identifying 
and controlling occupational health hazards, as well as managing and 
preventing occupationally-related health impairment and disease. 
Providing the Agency with access to the records permits it to ascertain 
whether or not employers are complying with the regulation, as well as 
the recordkeeping requirements of its other health standards; 
therefore, OSHA access provides additional assurance that workers and 
their designated representative are able to obtain the data they need 
to conduct their analyses.
    For additional information, see the related 60-day preclearance 
notice published in the Federal Register, April 26, 2010, (Vol. 75, 
page 21662).

Linda Watts Thomas,
Acting Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2010-21529 Filed 8-27-10; 8:45 am]