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  • Publication Date:
  • Publication Type:
    Notice
  • Fed Register #:
    80:57878-57879
  • Standard Number:
  • Title:
    The Lead in General Industry Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
  [Federal Register Volume 80, Number 186 (Friday, September 25, 2015)]  [Notices]  [Pages 57878-57879]
  From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
  [FR Doc No: 2015-24345]


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  DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

  Occupational Safety and Health Administration

  [Docket No. OSHA-2012-0013]


  The Lead in General Industry Standard; Extension of the Office of
  Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection
  (Paperwork) Requirements

  AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.

  ACTION: Request for public comments.

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  SUMMARY: OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to
  extend the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of the
  information collection requirements contained in the Lead in General
  Industry Standard (29 CFR 1910.1025).

  DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
  November 24, 2015.

  ADDRESSES:
      Electronically: You may submit comments and attachments
  electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal
  eRulemaking Portal. Follow the instructions online for submitting
  comments.
      Facsimile: If your comments, including attachments, are not longer
  than 10 pages you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-
  1648.
      Mail, hand delivery, express mail, messenger, or courier service:
  When using this method, you must submit your comments and attachments
  to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA-2012-0013, 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-2012-0013) 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-
  2222.

  SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

  I. Background

      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 collection of
  information 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 purpose of the Lead in General Industry Standard and its
  collection of information requirements is to reduce occupational lead
  exposure in general industry. Lead exposure can result in both acute
  and chronic effects and can be fatal in severe cases of lead toxicity.
  The standard contains the following collection of information
  requirements: Conducting worker exposure monitoring; notifying workers
  of their lead exposure levels; establishing, implementing and reviewing
  a written compliance program annually; labeling containers of
  contaminated protective clothing and equipment; providing medical
  surveillance to workers; providing examining physicians with specific
  information; notifying workers of their medical surveillance results
  (including medical examinations and biological monitoring) and of the
  option for multiple physician review; posting warning signs;
  establishing and maintaining exposure monitoring, medical surveillance,
  and medical removal records; and providing workers with access to these
  records. The records are used by employees, physicians, employers and
  OSHA to determine the effectiveness of the employer's compliance
  efforts.

  II. Special Issues for Comment

      OSHA has a particular interest in comments on the following issues:
       Whether the proposed collection of information
  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 collection of information requirements, including the
  validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
       The quality, utility, and clarity of the information
  collected; and
       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

      The Agency is requesting an adjustment decrease of 75,092 burden
  hours (from 1,105,397 to 1,030,305 burden hours). The decrease in
  burden hours is due to an estimated overall decrease in the number of
  covered establishments, based on updated data and estimates. There is
  also an estimated decrease in operation and maintenance costs of
  $50,556,032, from $143,192,845 to $92,636,813. The decrease in
  operation and maintenance costs is due to an estimated decrease in the
  cost of biological medical surveillance, due to the Agency's
  identification of a new data source which indicates a lower cost for
  biological monitoring tests than previously assumed.
      Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
      Title: Lead in General Industry Standard (29 CFR 1910.1025).
      OMB Control Number: 1218-0092.
      Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits.
      Number of Respondents: 53,935.
      Frequency of Response: On occasion; Quarterly; Bi-monthly; Semi-
  annually; Annually.
      Total Responses: 3,616,044.
      Average Time per Response: Varies from 1 minute (.02 hour) for a
  clerical employee to notify employees of their right to seek a second
  medical opinion to 8 hours to develop a compliance plan.
      Estimated Total Burden Hours: 1,030,305.
      Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $92,636,813.

  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; or (3) by hard copy. All
  comments, attachments, and other material must identify the Agency name
  and the OSHA docket number for this ICR (Docket No. OSHA-2012-0013).
  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 September 21, 2015.
  David Michaels,
  Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
  [FR Doc. 2015-24345 Filed 9-24-15; 8:45 am]
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