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    Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
  [Federal Register Volume 83, Number 126 (Friday, June 29, 2018)]
  [Page 30781]
  From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
  [FR Doc No: 2018-14036]

  Office of the Secretary
  Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB 
  Review; Comment Request; Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
  ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.
  SUMMARY: On June 29, 2018, the Department of Labor (DOL) will submit 
  the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sponsored 
  information collection request (ICR) titled, ``Bloodborne Pathogens 
  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). Public comments on the ICR are 
  DATES: The OMB will consider all written comments that agency receives 
  on or before July 30, 2018.
  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 website at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=201801-1218-003 (this link will only become active 
  on the day following publication of this notice) 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 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 
  at DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.
  SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This ICR seeks to extend PRA authority for 
  the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard information collection requirements 
  codified in regulations 29 CFR 1910.1030. The Bloodborne Pathogen 
  Standard is an occupational safety and health standard that prevents 
  occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens. The standard's 
  information collection requirements are essential components that 
  protect workers from occupational exposure. The information is used by 
  employers and workers to implement the protection required by the 
  Standard. OSHA compliance officers will use some of the information in 
  enforcing the Standard. The collections of information contained in the 
  Bloodborne Pathogens Standard include a written exposure control plan, 
  documentation of workers' hepatitis B vaccinations and post-exposure 
  evaluations and follow-up medical visits, training, related 
  recordkeeping and a sharps injury log. Information generated in 
  accordance with these provisions provides the employer and the worker 
  with means to provide protection from the adverse health effects 
  associated with occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens. 
  Occupational Safety and Health Act sections 2(b)(9), 6, and 8(c) 
  authorize this information collection. See 29 U.S.C. 651(b)(9), 655, 
  and 657(c).
      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 1218-0180.
      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 
  April 18, 2018 (83 FR 17194).
      Interested parties are encouraged to send comments to the OMB, 
  Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the address shown in 
  the ADDRESSES section within thirty (30) days of publication of this 
  notice in the Federal Register. In order to help ensure appropriate 
  consideration, comments should mention OMB Control Number 1218-0180. 
  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.
      Agency: DOL-OSHA.
      Title of Collection: Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.
      OMB Control Number: 1218-0180.
      Affected Public: Private Sector--business or other for-profits and 
  not-for-profit institutions.
      Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 770,724.
      Total Estimated Number of Responses: 266,656,386.
      Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 5,687,682 hours.
      Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $51,817,985.
      Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D).
      Dated: June 26, 2018.
  Michel Smyth,
  Departmental Clearance Officer.
  [FR Doc. 2018-14036 Filed 6-28-18; 8:45 am]
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