[Federal Register Volume 88, Number 41 (Thursday, March 2, 2023)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2023-04319]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2012-0034]
Hexavalent Chromium Standards for General Industry, Shipyard
Employment, and Construction; Extension of the Office of Management and
Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork)
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
ACTION: Request for public comments.
SUMMARY: OSHA solicits public comments concerning the proposal to
extend the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of the
information collection requirements specified in the Hexavalent
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
May 1, 2023.
Electronically: You may submit comments and attachments
electronically at https://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal
eRulemaking Portal. Follow the instructions online for submitting
Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and OSHA
docket number (OSHA-2012-0034) for the Information Collection Request
(ICR). OSHA will place all comments, including personal information you
provide, in the public docket without change, which may be made
available online at https://www.regulations.gov. Therefore, OSHA
cautions interested parties about submitting personal information such
as social security numbers and birthdates. 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 https://www.regulations.gov. All documents in the docket
(including this Federal Register notice) are listed in the https://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 through the OSHA Docket Office. Contact the OSHA Docket
Office at (202) 693-2350, (TTY (877) 889-5627) for
assistance in locating docket submissions.
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 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
of 1995 (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 (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 effort in
obtaining information (29 U.S.C. 657).
The Hexavalent Chromium Standards for General Industry (29 CFR
1910.1026), Shipyard Employment (29 CFR 1915.1026), and Construction
(29 CFR 1926.1126) (the standards) protect workers from the adverse
health effects that may result from occupational exposure to hexavalent
chromium. The major information collection requirements in the
standards include conducting worker exposure monitoring, notifying
workers of their chromium exposures, implementing medical surveillance
of workers, providing examining physicians with specific information,
implementing a respiratory protection program, notifying laundry
personnel of chromium hazards, and maintaining workers' exposure
monitoring and medical surveillance records for specific periods.
II. Special Issues for Comment
OSHA has a particular interest in comments on the following issues:
Whether the proposed information collection requirements
for the proper performance of the agency's functions to protect
workers, 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
collected; and Ways to minimize the burden on employers who must comply.
For example, by using automated or other technological information
collection, and transmission techniques.
III. Proposed Actions
OSHA is requesting that OMB extend the approval of the information
collection requirements contained in the Hexavalent Chromium Standards
for General Industry (29 CFR 1910.1026), Shipyard Employment (29 CFR
1915.1026), and Construction (29 CFR 1926.1126). The agency is
requesting a 5,715-hour decrease (from 429,318 hours to 423,603 hours)
in the number of burden hours approved in the previous package. This
reduction is based on the agency's updated rounding methods. The agency
is requesting to maintain the previously approved estimate for capital
costs, at $43,439,901.
OSHA will summarize the comments submitted in response to this
notice and will include this summary in the request to OMB to extend
the approval of the information collection requirements.
Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
Title: Hexavalent Chromium Standards for General Industry (29 CFR
1910.1026), Shipyard Employment (29 CFR 1915.1026), and Construction
(29 CFR 1926.1126).
OMB Control Number: 1218-0252.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profits.
Number of Respondents: 78,321.
Number of Responses: 923,898.
Frequency of Responses: On occasion; Quarterly; Semi-annually;
Average Time per Response: Varies.
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 423,603.
Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $43,439,901.
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 https://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal
eRulemaking Portal; (2) by facsimile (fax); if your comments, including
attachments, are not longer than 10 pages you may fax them to the OSHA
Docket Office at 202-693-1648; or (3) by hard copy. Please note: While
OSHA's Docket Office is continuing to accept and process submissions by
regular mail due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Docket Office is closed
to the public and not able to receive submissions to the docket by
hand, express mail, messenger, and courier service. All comments,
attachments, and other material must identify the agency name and the
OSHA docket number for the ICR (Docket No. OSHA-2012-0034). You may
supplement electronic submissions by uploading document files
electronically. If you wish to mail additional materials in reference
to an electronic or a 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 your electronic comments
by your name, date, and the docket number so that the agency can attach
them to your comments.
Due to security procedures, the use of regular mail may cause a
significant delay in the receipt of comments.
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 from this
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
from the website, and for assistance in using the internet to locate
V. Authority and Signature
James S. Frederick, 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. 8-2020 (85 FR 58393).
Signed at Washington, DC, on February 24, 2023.
James S. Frederick,
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2023-04319 Filed 3-1-23; 8:45 am]
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