[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 61 (Tuesday, March 31, 2015)][Notices][Pages 17077-17078]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-07278]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Office of the Secretary
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB
Review; Comment Request; Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals
in Laboratories Standard
SUMMARY: On March 31, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) will submit
the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sponsored
information collection request (ICR) titled, "Occupational Exposure to
Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories Standard," to the Office of
Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for continued use,
without change, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995
(PRA), 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. Public comments on the ICR are invited.
DATES: The OMB will consider all written comments that agency receives
on or before April 30, 2015.
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 free of charge
from the RegInfo.gov Web site at
(this link will only become active on April 1, 2015) or by contacting
Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-4129, TTY 202-693-8064, (these are
not toll-free numbers) or by email at DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.
Submit comments about this request by mail or courier to the Office
of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for DOL-
OSHA, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW.,
Washington, DC 20503; by Fax: 202-395-5806 (this is not a toll-free
number); or by email: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov. Commenters are
encouraged, but not required, to send a courtesy copy of any comments
by mail or courier to the U.S. Department of Labor-OASAM, Office of the
Chief Information Officer, Attn: Departmental Information Compliance
Management Program, Room N1301, 200 Constitution Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20210; or by email: DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-
4129, TTY 202-693-8064, (these are not toll-free numbers) or by email
Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D).
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This ICR seeks to extend PRA authority for
the Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories
Standard information collection codified in regulation 29 CFR
1910.1450. The Standard applies to any Occupational Safety and Health
Act of 1970 (OSH Act) laboratory that uses hazardous chemicals in
accordance with the Standard's definitions for laboratory use of
hazardous chemicals and laboratory scale. The Standard requires such a
laboratory to maintain worker exposures at or below the permissible
exposure limits specified for the hazardous chemicals in 29 CFR part
1910, subpart Z. A laboratory does so by developing a written Chemical
Hygiene Plan (CHP) that describes: Standard operating procedures for
using hazardous chemicals; hazard-control techniques; equipment-
reliability measures; worker 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 workers exposed to particularly
hazardous chemicals. OSH Act sections 2(b)(9), (6), and 8(c) authorize
this information collection. See 29 U.S.C. 651(b)(9), 655, and 657.
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 that
does not display a valid Control Number. See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and
1320.6. The DOL obtains OMB approval for this information collection
under Control Number 1218-0131.
OMB authorization for an ICR cannot be for more than three (3)
years without renewal, and the current approval for this collection is
scheduled to expire on March 31, 2015. The DOL seeks to extend PRA
authorization for this information collection for three (3) more years,
without any change to existing requirements. The DOL notes that
existing information collection requirements submitted to the OMB
receive a month-to-month extension while they undergo review. For
additional substantive information about this ICR, see the related
notice published in the Federal Register on December 15, 2014 (79 FR
Interested parties are encouraged to send comments to the OMB,
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the address shown in
the ADDRESSES section by April 30, 2015. In order to help ensure
appropriate consideration, comments should mention OMB Control Number
1218-0131. 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.
Title of Collection: Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals
in Laboratories Standard.
OMB Control Number: 1218-0131.
Affected Public: Private Sector--businesses or other for-profits.
Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 64,404.
Total Estimated Number of Responses: 1,026,010.
Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 332,350 hours.
Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $46,540,670.
Dated: March 25, 2015.
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2015-07278 Filed 3-30-15; 8:45 am]
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