[Federal Register: September 26, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 188)]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2008-0030]
The 13 Carcinogens Standard; 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 comment concerning its proposal to extend
OMB approval of the information collection requirements specified in
the 13 Carcinogens Standard (29 CFR 1910.1003).
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
November 25, 2008.
Electronically: You may submit comments and attachments
electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal
eRulemaking Portal. Follow the instructions online for submitting
Facsimile: If your comments, including attachments, are not longer
than 10 pages, you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-
Mail, hand delivery, express mail, messenger, or courier service:
When using this method, you must submit three copies of your comments
and attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA-2008-0030,
U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health
Administration, Room N-2625, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington,
DC 20210. Deliveries (hand, express mail, messenger, and courier
service) are accepted during the Department of Labor's and Docket
Office's normal business hours, 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., e.t.
Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and OSHA
docket number for the ICR (OSHA-2008-0030). All comments, including any
personal information you provide, are placed in the public docket
without change, and may be made available online at http://
www.regulations.gov. 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 http://www.regulations.gov or the OSHA Docket Office at
the address above. All documents in the docket (including this Federal
Register notice) are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index;
however, some information (e.g., copyrighted material) is not publicly
available to read or download through the Web site. All submissions,
including copyrighted material, are available for inspection and
copying at the OSHA Docket Office. You may also contact Theda Kenney at
the address below to obtain a copy of the ICR.
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 (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 information collection requirements specified in the 13
Carcinogens Standard protect employees from the adverse health effects
that may result from their exposure to the 13 Carcinogens. The
following is a brief description of the collection of information
requirements contained in the 13 Carcinogens Standard: establishing and
implementing a medical surveillance program for employees assigned to
enter regulated areas, informing employees of their medical examination
results and providing them with access to their medical records.
Further, employers must also retain employee medical records for
specified time periods and provide these records to the National
Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) under certain
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.
III. Proposed Actions
OSHA is requesting that OMB extend its approval of the collection
of information requirements contained in the 13 Carcinogens Standard
(29 CFR 1910.1003). The Agency is requesting to reduce its current
burden hour estimate associated with the Standard from 1,657 hours to
1,604 hours for a total reduction of -53 hours. The reduction is
primarily the result of decreasing both the number of establishments
(from 97 to 93 establishments) and the number of exposed employees
(from 663 to 643). The Agency will include this summary in its request
to OMB to extend the approval of these collection of information
Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
Title: 13 Carcinogens Standard (29 CFR 1910.1003).
OMB Number: 1218-0085.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profits; Federal Government;
State, Local or Tribal Government.
Number of Respondents: 93.
Total Responses: 2,119.
Frequency: On occasion.
Estimated Time per Response: Time per response ranges from
approximately 5 minutes (for employers to maintain records) to 2 hours
(for records access and transfer).
Total Burden Hours: 1,604.
Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $88,816.
IV. 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), or (3)
electronically through the OSHA Web site. 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 site are
available at http://www.OSHA.gov. Contact the OSHA Docket Office for
information about materials not available through the OSHA Web site and
for assistance in using the Internet to locate docket submissions.
Electronic copies of this Federal Register notice as well as other
relevant documents are available on OSHA's Web site. Since all
submissions become public, personal information such as social security
numbers and date of birth should not be submitted.
V. 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. 5-2007 (72 FR
Signed at Washington, DC, this 22nd day of September 2008.
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. E8-22664 Filed 9-25-08; 8:45 am]
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