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    Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Ethylene Oxide Standard
[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 188 (Monday, September 28, 2020)]
[Page 60837]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-21304]



Office of the Secretary

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB 
Review; Comment Request; Ethylene Oxide Standard

ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.


SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting this Occupational 
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)-sponsored information 
collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
for review and approval 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 October 28, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed 
information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of 
this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Find this particular 
information collection by selecting ``Currently under 30-day Review--
Open for Public Comments'' or by using the search function.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anthony May by telephone at 202-693-
4129 (this is not a toll-free number) or by email at 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the 
collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of 
the functions of the Department, including whether the information will 
have practical utility; (2) if the information will be processed and 
used in a timely manner; (3) the accuracy of the agency's estimates of 
the burden and cost of the collection of information, including the 
validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (4) ways to enhance 
the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; and (5) 
ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those 
who are to respond, including the use of automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology.
    The Department of Labor, as part of the 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 
(PRA) (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 EtO Standard (29 CFR 1910.1047) specifies a number 
of paperwork requirements. The following is a brief description of the 
collection of information requirements contained in the standard. The 
information collection requirements specified in the Ethylene Oxide 
Standard protect workers from the adverse health effects that may 
result from occupational exposure to ethylene oxide. The principal 
information collection requirements in the EtO Standard include 
conducting worker exposure monitoring, notifying workers of the 
exposure, implementing a written compliance program, and implementing 
medical surveillance of workers. Also, the examining physician must 
provide specific information to ensure that workers receive a copy of 
their medical examination results. The employer must maintain exposure 
monitoring and medical records for specific periods, and provide access 
to these records by OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational 
Safety and Health, the affected workers, and their authorized 
representatives and other designated parties. For additional 
substantive information about this ICR, see the related notice 
published in the Federal Register on May 27, 2020 (85 FR 31812).
    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 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 
OMB Control Number. See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 1320.6.
    DOL seeks PRA authorization for this information collection for 
three (3) years. OMB authorization for an ICR cannot be for more than 
three (3) years without renewal. The DOL notes that information 
collection requirements submitted to the OMB for existing ICRs receive 
a month-to-month extension while they undergo review.
    Agency: DOL-OSHA.
    Title of Collection: Ethylene Oxide Standard.
    OMB Control Number: 1218-0108.
    Affected Public: Private Sector: Businesses or other for-profits.
    Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 2,085.
    Total Estimated Number of Responses: 112,013.
    Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 31,257 hours.
    Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $4,970,808.

    Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D).

    Dated: September 21, 2020.
Anthony May,
Management and Program Analyst.
[FR Doc. 2020-21304 Filed 9-25-20; 8:45 am]