[Federal Register: October 16, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 199)]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. ICR-1218-1008(2006)]
Standard on Ethylene Oxide (EtO); Extension of the Office of
Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA); Labor.
ACTION: Request for public comment.
SUMMARY: OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to
extend OMB approval of the information collection requirements
contained in its Ethylene Oxide (EtO) Standard (29 CFR 1910.1047). The
Standard protects employees from the adverse health effects that may
result from occupational exposure to EtO, including carcinogenic,
mutagenic, genotoxic, reproductive, neurologic, and sensitization
hazards to employees.
DATES: Comments must be submitted by the following dates:
Hard Copy: Your comments must be submitted (postmarked or received)
by December 15, 2006.
Facsimile and electronic transmission: Your comments must be
received by December 15, 2006.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by OSHA Docket No. ICR-
1218-0108(2006), by any of the following methods:
Regular mail, express delivery, hand-delivery, and messenger
service: Submit your comments and attachments to the OSHA Docket
Office, Room N-2625, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue,
NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 693-2350 (OSHA's TTY number
is (877) 899-5627). OSHA Docket Office and Department of Labor hours
are 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., e.t.
Facsimile: If your comments are 10 pages or fewer in length,
including attachments, you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at
Electronic: You may submit comments through the Internet at
Follow instructions on the OSHA Web page for submitting comments.
Docket: For access to the docket to read or download comments or
background materials, such as the complete Information Collection
Request (ICR) (containing the Supporting Statement, OMB--83-I Form, and
attachments), go to OSHA's Web page at http://www.OSHA.gov. In
addition, the ICR, comments and submissions are available for
inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office at the address above.
You also may contact Jamaa Hill at the address below to obtain a copy
of the ICR. For additional information on submitting comments, please
see the ``Public Participation'' heading in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jamaa Hill or Todd Owen, Directorate
of Standards and Guidance, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-3609,
200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202)
The Department of Labor, as part of its 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-95)(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 burden is accurate. The Occupational Safety
and Health Act of the 1970 (the Act) authorizes information collection
by employers as necessary or appropriate for enforcement of the Act or
for developing information regarding the causes and prevention of
occupational injuries, illnesses, and accidents (29 U.S.C. 657).
The principal paperwork provisions of the EtO Standard require
employers to notify employees of their EtO exposures, implement a
written compliance program, administer medical examinations, provide
examining physicians with specific information, ensure that employees
receive a copy of their medical examination results, maintain
employees' 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 employees,
and their authorized representatives.
II. Special Issues for Comment
OSHA has a particular interest in comments on the following issues:
Whether the proposed information collection requirements
are necessary for the proper performance of the Agency's functions,
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
Ways to minimize the burden on employers who must comply;
for example, by using automated or other technological information
collection and transmission techniques.
OSHA is proposing to decrease the existing burden hour estimate and
to extend OMB's approval of the collection of information requirements
contained in the EtO Standard. The Agency is requesting a decrease in
burden hours for the collection of information contained in the EtO
Standard from 43,972 hours to 42,732 hours. This 1,240-hour decrease
mainly results from decrease in the number of hospitals (which are
major EtO consumers). The agency will summarize the comments submitted
in response to this notice, and will include this summary in its
request to OMB to extend the approval of these information collection
Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved information
Title: Ethylene Oxide Standard (29 CFR 1910.1047).
OMB Number: 1218-0108.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profits.
Number of Respondents: 5,474.
Frequency: On occasion.
Total Responses: 209,256.
Average Time per Response: Time per response ranges from 5 minutes
(.08 hour) to provide information to the examining physician to 2 hours
for employees to receive medical examinations.
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 42,732.
Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $6,595,597.
III. Public Participation--Submission of Comments on this Notice and
Internet Access to Comments and Submissions
You may submit comments and supporting materials in response to
this notice by (1) hard copy, (2) FAX transmission (facsimile),
(3) electronically through the OSHA Web page (see the section titled
ADDRESSES above). Because of security-related problems, there may be a
significant delay in the receipt of comments by regular mail. Please
contact the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-2350 (TTY (877) 889-5627)
for information about security procedures concerning the delivery of
submissions by express delivery, hand delivery, and courier service.
All comments, submissions, and background documents are available
for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office at the above
address. Comments and submissions posted on OSHA's Web page are
available at http://www.OSHA.gov. Contact the OSHA Docket Office for
information about materials not available through the OSHA Web page and
for assistance using the Web page to locate docket submissions.
Electronics copies of this Federal Register notice, as well as other
relevant documents, are available on OSHA's Web page. Since all
submissions become public, private information such as social security
numbers should not be submitted.
IV. Authority and Signature
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., 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. 5-2002 (67 FR
Signed at Washington, DC, on October 10, 2006.
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.,
Assistant Secretary of Labor.
[FR Doc. 06-8692 Filed 10-13-06; 8:45 am]
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