[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 90 (Wednesday, May 9, 2018)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-09832]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2011-0186]
Inorganic Arsenic Standard; Extension of the Office of Management
and Budget's (OMB) 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 Inorganic Arsenic
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
July 9, 2018.
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
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 your comments and attachments
to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA-2011-0186, U.S. Department
of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Room N-3653,
200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20210. Deliveries (hand,
express mail, messenger, and courier service) are accepted during the
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-2011-0186) 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 through 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: Theda Kenney, Directorate of Standards
and Guidance, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, telephone (202) 693-2222.
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 (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 in the Inorganic Arsenic
Standard provide protection for workers from the adverse health effects
associated with exposure to inorganic arsenic. The Inorganic Arsenic
Standard requires employers to: Monitor workers' exposure to inorganic
arsenic, and notify workers of exposure-monitoring results; notify
anyone who cleans protective clothing or equipment of inorganic arsenic
exposure; develop, update, and maintain a housekeeping and maintenance
plan; monitor worker health by providing medical surveillance; post
warning signs, and apply labels to shipping and storage containers of
inorganic arsenic; develop and maintain worker exposure monitoring and
medical records; establish and implement written compliance programs;
and provide workers with information about their exposures and the
health effects of exposure to inorganic arsenic.
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
The Agency is requesting an adjustment decrease of 1,920 burden
hours, from 12,466 to 10,546 hours. This decrease is due to a decrease
in the number of workers being exposed above the permissible exposure
limit (PEL), and being exposed above the action level (AL), but below
the PEL. There is also a decrease in the number of medical examinations
administered annually. Therefore, this reduces the total cost burden
for exposure monitoring sampling and medical exams from $1,350,395 to
$1,121,959, even though the total cost has gone up for medical exams
from $221 to $243.33.
Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
Title: Inorganic Arsenic Standard (29 CFR 1910.1018).
OMB Number: 1218-0104.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profits.
Number of Respondents: 889.
Frequency of Response: On occasion; quarterly; semi-annually;
Total Responses: 16,463.
Average Time per response: Various.
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 10,546.
Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $1,121,959.
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-2011-0186).
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
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
dates 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 through 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 through 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
Signed at Washington, DC, on May 3, 2018.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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