[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 21 (Friday, January 31, 2020)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-01788]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
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.
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.
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2020-01788 Filed 1-30-20; 8:45 am]
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