[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 98 (Thursday, May 21, 2015)][Notices][Pages 29344-29345]
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[FR Doc No: 2015-12289]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2012-0009]
The Asbestos in Shipyards Standard; Extension of the Office of
Management and Budget's Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork)
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
ACTION: Request for public comments.
SUMMARY: OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to
extend the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of the
information collection requirements specified in the Asbestos in
Shipyards Standard (29 CFR 1915.1001).
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
July 20, 2015.
Electronically: You may submit comments and attachments
electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal e-
Rulemaking 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 a copy of your comments and
attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA-2012-0009,
Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of
Labor, 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., e.t.
Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and the
OSHA docket number (OSHA-2012-0009) 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 from the Web site. All submissions,
including copyrighted material, are available for inspection and
copying at the OSHA Docket Office. You may also contact Theda Kenney at
the address below to obtain a copy of the ICR.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Theda Kenney 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-
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 accord 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 information collection requirements specified in the Asbestos
in Shipyards Standard protect workers from the adverse health effects
that may result from occupational exposure to asbestos. The major
information collection requirements in the standard include:
implementing an exposure-monitoring program that informs workers of
their exposure-monitoring results; ensuring notification of on-site
employers, at multi-employer worksites, when establishing regulated
areas for work performed with asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) and/
or presumed asbestos-containing materials (PACMs), of the requirements
for such regulated areas, and the measures necessary to protect workers
from overexposure; 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;
and maintaining records of objective data used for exposure
determinations, worker exposure monitoring and medical surveillance
records, training records, the record (i.e., information, data, and
analyses) used to demonstrate that PACMs do not contain asbestos, and
notifications made, as well as received by building or facility owners
regarding the content of ACMs and/or PACMs.
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 a reduction in the information collection
requirements contained in the Asbestos in Shipyards Standard (29 CFR
1915.1001). The adjustment is primarily the result of the removal of
the training requirements from the ICR, which is not considered a
paperwork burden for employers as associated training is conducted and
documented by an EPA-approved or state-approved provider. Thus, despite
a four-fold increase in the number of shipyards that may have workers
exposed to asbestos, the Agency is requesting a 424 hour decrease in
its current burden hour total from 1,613 hours to 1,189 hours. The
Agency will summarize the comments submitted in response to this notice
and will include this summary in the request to OMB.
Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
Title: Asbestos in Shipyards Standard (29 CFR 1915.1001).
OMB Control Number: 1218-0195.
Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits; Federal
Government; State, Local or Tribal Government.
Frequency: On occasion.
Average Time per Response: Varies from 5 minutes (.08 hour) to
provide information to the examining physician to 1.83 hours to develop
alternative control methods.
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 1,189.
Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $43,003.
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-2012-0009). 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 their social security number
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 from 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 from the Web site, and for assistance in
using the Internet to locate docket submissions.
V. Authority and Signature
David Michaels, Ph.D., MPH, 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. 1-2012
(77 FR 3912).
Signed at Washington, DC, on May 15, 2015.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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