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  • Publication Date:
  • Publication Type:
    Meeting
  • Fed Register #:
    83:12032-12033
  • Standard Number:
  • Title:
    Methylene Chloride Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
  [Federal Register Volume 83, Number 53 (Monday, March 19, 2018)]
  [Notices]
  [Pages 12032-12033]
  From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
  [FR Doc No: 2018-05439]
  
  
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  DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
  
  Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  
  [Docket No. OSHA-2011-0060]
  
  
  Methylene Chloride 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 specified in the Methylene Chloride 
  Standard (the Standard).
  
  DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by 
  May 18, 2018.
  
  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-2011-0060, Occupational 
  Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-
  3653, 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, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., ET.
      Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and OSHA 
  docket number (OSHA-2011-0060) 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 website. All submissions, 
  including copyrighted material, are available for inspection and 
  copying at the OSHA Docket Office. You also may contact Theda Kenney at 
  the phone number below to obtain a copy of the ICR.
  
  FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Charles McCormick or Theda Kenney, 
  Directorate of Standards and Guidance, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, 
  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 information 
  collection requirements in accordance 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 effort in 
  obtaining information (29 U.S.C. 657).
      The Standard protects workers from the adverse health effects that 
  may result from their exposure to methylene chloride (MC). The 
  requirements in the Standard include worker exposure monitoring, 
  notifying workers of their MC exposures, administering medical 
  examinations to workers, providing examining physicians with specific 
  program and worker information, ensuring that workers receive a copy of 
  their medical examination results, maintaining workers' exposure 
  monitoring and medical examination records for specific periods, and 
  providing access to these records by OSHA, the National Institute for 
  Occupational Safety and Health, the affected workers, and their 
  authorized representatives.
  
  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 
  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 increase in the number of 
  burden hours from 54,393 to 56,276 hours (a total increase of 1,883 
  hours). The increase is a result of the Agency's estimate, based on 
  updated data, that the number of establishments and workers affected by 
  the Standard has increased. The increase in the number of medical 
  exams, and the increase in the cost of medical exams (from $180 to 
  $196) has resulted in an increase of $539,194 in costs (from $4,733,010 
  to $5,272,204). Due to lower prices for dosimeters, the total cost for 
  exposure monitoring declined by $1,503,465 (from $14,648,715 to 
  $13,145,250), despite the number of employees being monitored with 
  dosimeters increasing from 51,399 to 52,581.
      Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
      Title: Methylene Chloride Standard (29 CFR 1910.1052).
      OMB Control Number: 1218-0179.
      Affected Public: Business or other for-profits.
      Number of Respondents: 82,927.
      Frequency of Response: Annually; semi-annually; quarterly; on 
  occasion.
      Total Responses: 218,652.
      Average Time per Response: Varies from 1 hour for administering a 
  medical examination to 5 minutes (.08 hour) to maintain a worker's 
  medical or exposure record.
      Estimated Total Burden Hours: 56,276.
      Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $18,417,454.
  
  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 (Docket No. OSHA-2011-0060) for this ICR. 
  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 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 social security numbers 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 
  website. All submissions, including copyrighted material, are available 
  for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office. Information on 
  using the http://www.regulations.gov website to submit comments and 
  access the docket is available at the website's ``User Tips'' link. 
  Contact the OSHA Docket Office for information about materials not 
  available from the website, and for assistance in using the internet to 
  locate docket submissions.
  
  V. Authority and Signature
  
      Loren Sweatt, Deputy 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 March 13, 2018.
  Loren Sweatt,
  Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
  [FR Doc. 2018-05439 Filed 3-16-18; 8:45 am]
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