[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 166 (Tuesday, August 27, 2019)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-18376]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2012-0013]
Lead in General Industry Standard; Extension of the Office of
Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
ACTION: Request for public comments.
SUMMARY: OSHA solicits public comments concerning the proposal to
extend OMB approval of the information collection requirements
specified in the Lead in General Industry Standard.
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
October 28, 2019.
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 a copy of 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-3653, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20210.
Deliveries (hand, express mail, messenger, and courier service) are
accepted during the OSHA 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 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 above address. 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 may also contact Theda Kenney at
(202) 693-2222 to obtain a copy of the ICR.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Seleda Perryman or Theda Kenney,
Directorate of Standards and Guidance, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor,
telephone (202) 693-2222.
The Department of Labor, as part of a continuing effort to reduce
paperwork and respondent (i.e., employer) burden, conducts a
preclearance process 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, the reporting burden (time and costs) is minimal, the
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 (see 29 U.S.C. 657). The OSH Act also requires OSHA to obtain
such information with a minimum burden upon employers, especially those
operating small businesses, and to reduce to the maximum extent
feasible unnecessary duplication of effort in obtaining said
information (see 29 U.S.C. 657).
The purpose of the Lead in General Industry Standard (29 CFR
1910.1025) and the 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 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.
The agency is requesting a burden hour adjustment increase of
41,297 (from 1,030,305 hours to 1,071,602 hours). The agency estimates
an overall reduction in the number of covered employers (from 53,935 to
53,469) and a decrease in exposed workers (from 331,304 to 327,819),
based on updated data. However, overall burden hours increased as a
result of an increase in the estimated number of initial exposure
monitorings, initial medical examinations, and initial information
exchanges between employers and health care professionals. The primary
factor contributing to the burden hour increase is an increase in the
applied annual job turnover rate, resulting in a higher number of
estimated new employees across the whole industry profile. In addition,
the agency identified one new secondary smelting employer which
contributed to the increase.
Due to the increase in the estimated initial exposure monitoring,
initial medical examinations, as well as increased costs to perform
monitoring and medical examinations under the standard, there is an
increase in total operation and maintenance costs of $74,218,567 (from
$92,636,813 to $166,855,380).
III. Proposed Actions
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: Business or other for-profits.
Number of Respondents: 53,469.
Frequency: On occasion; Quarterly; Bi-monthly; Semi-annually;
Average Time per Response: Various.
Estimated Number of Responses: 3,667,403.
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 1,071,602.
Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $166,855,380.
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 (Docket No. OSHA-2012-0013) for the 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 electronic comments by
your name, date, and the docket number so that 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
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, Principal 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 August 21, 2019.
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety
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