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• Publication Date: 01/19/2006
• Publication Type: Notice
• Fed Register #: 71:3123-3125
• Standard Number: 1915.1001; 1926.1101
• Title: Submission for OMB Review: Comment Request

[Federal Register: January 19, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 12)]
[Notices]               
[Page 3123-3125]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Office of the Secretary

 
Submission for OMB Review: Comment Request

January 12, 2006.
    The Department of Labor (DOL) has submitted the following public 
information collection requests (ICRs) to the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. chapter 35). A copy of 
each ICR, with applicable supporting documentation, may be obtained by 
contacting the Department of Labor (DOL). To obtain documentation, 
contact Darrin King on 202-693-4129 (this is not a toll-free number) or 
e-mail: king.darrin@dol.gov.
    Comments should be sent to Office of Information and Regulatory 
Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for the Occupational Safety and Health 
Administration (OSHA), Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, 
Washington, DC 20503, 202-395-7316 (this is not a toll-free number), 
within 30 days from the date of this publication in the Federal 
Register.
    The OMB is particularly interested in comments which:
     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: Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
    Type of Review: Extension of currently approved collection.
    Title: Asbestos in Construction Standard (29 CFR 1926.1101).
    OMB Number: 1218-0134.
    Frequency: On occasion and Annually.
    Type of Response: Recordkeeping and Third party disclosure.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit; Federal Government; 
and State, Local, or Tribal Government.
    Number of Respondents: 286,821.
    Number of Annual Responses: 53,719,202.
    Estimated Time Per Response: Varies from 5 minutes to maintain 
records to 17.3 hours to train a competent person.
    Total Burden Hours: 5,569,658.
    Total Annualized capital/startup costs: $0.
    Total Annual Costs (operating/maintaining systems or purchasing 
services): $30,730,200.
    Description: The information collection requirements specified in 
the Asbestos in Construction Standard protect employees from the 
adverse health effects that may result from asbestos exposure. The 
major information collection requirements of the Asbestos in 
Construction Standard include: implementing an exposure-monitoring 
program that informs employees of their exposure-monitoring results; 
and at multi-employer worksites, notification of other onsite employers 
by employers establishing regulated areas for the type of work 
performed with asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) and/or presumed 
asbestos-containing materials (PACMs); the requirements that pertain to 
regulated areas; and the measures they can use to protect their 
employees from asbestos overexposure. Other provisions associated with 
paperwork requirements include: evaluating and certifying alternative 
control methods for Class I and Class II asbestos work and informing 
laundry personnel of the requirement to prevent release of airborne 
asbestos above the time-weighted average and excursion limit; 
notification by employers and building/facility owners of designated 
personnel and employees regarding the presence, location, and quantity 
of ACMs and/or PACMs; using information, data, and analyses to 
demonstrate that PACM does not contain asbestos; posting signs in 
mechanical rooms/areas that employees may enter and that contain ACMs 
and PACMs, informing them of the identity and location of these 
materials and work practices that prevent disturbing the materials; 
posting warning signs demarcating regulated areas; and affixing warning 
labels to asbestos-containing products and to containers holding such 
products. Additional provisions of the Standard that contain paperwork 
requirements include: developing specific information and training 
programs for employees; providing medical surveillance for employees 
potentially exposed to ACMs and/or PACMs, including administering an 
employee medical questionnaire, providing information to the examining 
physician, and providing the physician's written opinion to the 
employee; maintaining records of objective data used for exposure 
determinations, employee exposure-monitoring and medical surveillance 
records, training records, the record (i.e., information, data, and 
analyses) used to demonstrate that PACM does not contain asbestos, and 
notifications made and received by building/facility owners regarding 
the content of ACMs and PACMs; making specified records (e.g., 
exposure-monitoring and medical surveillance records) available to 
designated parties; and transferring exposure-monitoring and medical 
surveillance records to the National Institute for Occupational Safety 
and Health on cessation of business.
    These paperwork requirements permit employers, employees and their 
designated representatives, OSHA, and other specified parties to 
determine the effectiveness of an employer's asbestos-control program. 
It provides notification to building owners, subsequent building 
owners, contractors and employees of the presence of asbestos so that 
precautions can be taken to protect workers. It provides for monitoring 
and medical surveillance to assure that exposures are kept low and 
early symptoms are detected. Accordingly, the requirements ensure that 
employees exposed to asbestos receive all of the protection afforded by 
the Standard.

    Agency: Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
    Type of Review: Extension of currently approved collection.
    Title: Asbestos in Shipyards (29 CFR 1915.1001).
    OMB Number: 1218-0195.
    Frequency: On occasion; Semi-annually; and Annually.
    Type of Response: Recordkeeping and Third party disclosure.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit; Federal Government; 
and State, Local, or Tribal Government.
    Number of Respondents: 19.
    Number of Annual Responses: 2,210.
    Estimated Time Per Response: Varies from 5 minutes to maintain 
records to 17.3 hours for training a competent person.
    Total Burden Hours: 1,426.
    Total Annualized capital/startup costs: $0.
    Total Annual Costs (operating/maintaining systems or purchasing 
services): $33,635.
    Description: Several provisions of the Standard specify paperwork 
requirements, including: Implementing an exposure-monitoring program 
that informs employees of their exposure-monitoring results; and, at 
multi-employer worksites, notification of other onsite employers by 
employers establishing regulated areas of the type of work performed 
with asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) and/or presumed asbestos-
containing materials (PACMs), the requirements that pertain to 
regulated areas, and the measures they can use to protect their 
employees from asbestos overexposure. Other provisions associated with 
paperwork requirements include: Evaluating and certifying alternative 
control methods for Class I and Class II asbestos work and, for Class I 
asbestos work, a requirement to send a copy of the evaluation and 
certification to the OSHA national office; informing laundry personnel 
of the requirement to prevent release of airborne asbestos above the 
time-weighted average and excursion limit; notification by employers 
and building/facility owners of designated personnel and employees 
regarding the presence, location, and quantity of ACMs and/or PACMs; 
using information, data, and analyses to demonstrate that PACM does not 
contain asbestos; posting signs in mechanical rooms/areas that 
employees may enter and that contain ACMs and PACMs, informing them of 
the identity and location of these materials and work practices that 
prevent disturbing the materials; posting warning signs demarcating 
regulated areas; and affixing warning labels to asbestos-containing 
products and to containers holding such products.

    Additional provisions of the Standard that contain paperwork 
requirements include: Developing specific information and training 
programs for employees; providing medical surveillance for employees 
potentially exposed to ACMs and/or PACMs, including administering an 
employee medical questionnaire, providing information to the examining 
physician, and providing the physician's written opinion to the 
employee; maintaining records of objective data used for exposure 
determinations, employee exposure-monitoring and medical-surveillance 
records, training records, the record (i.e., information, data, and 
analyses) used to demonstrate that PACM does not contain asbestos, and 
notifications made and received by building/facility owners regarding 
the content of ACMs and PACMs; making specified records (e.g., 
exposure-monitoring and medical-surveillance records) available to 
designated parties; and transferring exposure-monitoring and medical-
surveillance records to the National Institute for Occupational Safety 
and Health on cessation of business.

Ira L. Mills,
Departmental Clearance Officer.
 [FR Doc. E6-534 Filed 1-18-06; 8:45 am]

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