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    Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Standard on Asbestos in Construction
[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 65 (Wednesday, April 4, 2012)][Notices]
[Pages 20434-20435]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-8083]



Office of the Secretary

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB
Review; Comment Request; Standard on Asbestos in Construction

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: On March 30, 2012, the Department of Labor (DOL) will submit
the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sponsored
information collection request (ICR) titled, "Standard on Asbestos in
Construction" to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review
and approval for continued use, in accordance with the Paperwork
Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.).

DATES: Submit comments on or before May 1, 2012.

ADDRESSES: A copy of this ICR with applicable supporting documentation;
including a description of the likely respondents, proposed frequency
of response, and estimated total burden may be obtained from the
RegInfo.gov Web site, http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain, on
March 31, 2012 or by contacting Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-
4129 (this is not a toll-free number) or sending an email to DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.
    Submit comments about this request to the Office of Information and
Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for DOL-OSHA, Office of
Management and Budget, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, Telephone:
202-395-6929/Fax: 202-395-6881 (these are not toll-free numbers),
email: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-
4129 (this is not a toll-free number) or by email at DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The information collection requirements of
the Standard on Asbestos in Construction require employers to train
workers about hazards to asbestos, to monitor worker exposure, to
provide medical surveillance, and maintain accurate records of worker
exposure to asbestos. These records will be used by employers, workers
and the Government to ensure that workers are not harmed by exposure to
asbestos in the workplace. Years of exposure to asbestos can cause
numerous disabling or fatal diseases, including asbestosis, a disease
in which lung scarring (fibrosis) impairs breathing and causes death
from respiratory or heart failure; lung cancer; mesothelioma, a
cancerous tumor that spreads rapidly in the cells of membranes covering
the lungs and body organs; and gastrointestinal cancer. The standard
protects workers from adverse health effects from occupational exposure
to asbestos.
    This information collection is subject to the PRA. A Federal agency
generally cannot conduct or sponsor a collection of information, and
the public is generally not required to respond to an information
collection, unless it is approved by the OMB under the PRA and displays
a currently valid OMB Control Number. In addition, notwithstanding any
other provisions of law, no person shall generally be subject to
penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information if the
collection of information does not display a valid OMB Control Number.
See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 1320.6. The DOL obtains OMB approval for this
information collection under OMB Control Number 1218-0134. The current
OMB approval is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2012; however, it
should be noted that existing information collection requirements
submitted to the OMB receive a month-to-month extension while they
undergo review. For additional information, see the related notice
published in the Federal Register on January 25, 2012 (77 FR 3798).
    Interested parties are encouraged to send comments to the OMB,
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the address shown in
the ADDRESSES section within 30 days of publication of this notice in
the Federal Register. In order to help ensure appropriate
consideration, comments should reference OMB Control Number 1218-0134.
The OMB is particularly interested in comments that:
     Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is
necessary for the proper performance of the functions 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 collection 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: DOL-OSHA.
    Title of Collection: Asbestos in Construction Standard.
    OMB Control Number: 1218-0134.
    Affected Public: Private Sector--Business or Other For-Profits;
Federal Government; State, Local, or Tribal Government.
    Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 249,534.
    Total Estimated Number of Responses: 48,469,358.
    Total Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 4,929,794.
    Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $28,816,390.

    Dated: March 23, 2012.
Michel Smyth,
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-8083 Filed 4-3-12; 8:45 am]