[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 188 (Monday, September 28, 2020)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-21304]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
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.
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.
Management and Program Analyst.
[FR Doc. 2020-21304 Filed 9-25-20; 8:45 am]
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