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    Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Lead in General Industry Standard
[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 21 (Friday, January 31, 2020)]
[Pages 5721-5722]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-01788]



Office of the Secretary

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB 
Review; Comment Request; Lead in General Industry Standard

ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.


SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Office of 
Safety and Health Administration sponsored information collection 
request (ICR) titled, ``Lead in General Industry Standard'' to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval, without 
change, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). 
Public comments on the ICR are invited.

DATES: The OMB will consider all written comments that agency receives 
on or before March 2, 2020.

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=201909-1218-001 (this link will only become active 
on the day following publication of this notice) or by contacting 
Frederick Licari by telephone at 202-693-8073, 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: Frederick Licari by telephone at 202-
693-8073, 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 ``Lead in General Industry Standard'' information collection. 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.
    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 the OMB under the PRA approves it 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 1218-0092.
    OMB authorization for an ICR cannot be for more than three (3) 
years without renewal, and the current approval for this collection is 
scheduled to expire on January 31, 2020. 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 August 27, 2019 (84 FR 
    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

1218-0092. 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: Lead in General Industry Standard (29 CFR 
    OMB Control Number: 1218-0092.
    Affected Public: Private sector: Businesses or other for-profits.
    Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 53,469.
    Total Estimated Number of Responses: 3,667,403.
    Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 1,071,602 hours.
    Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $166,855,380.
    Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D).

    Dated: January 24, 2020.
Frederick Licari,
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2020-01788 Filed 1-30-20; 8:45 am]