[Federal Register: August 3, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 148)]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Office of the Secretary
Submission for OMB Review: Comment Request
July 28, 2010.
The Department of Labor (DOL) hereby announces the submission of
the following public 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 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C.
chapter 35). A copy of the ICR, with applicable supporting
documentation; including, among other things, a description of the
likely respondents, proposed frequency of response, and estimated total
burden may be obtained from the RegInfo.gov Web site at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain
or by contacting Linda Watts Thomas on 202-693-2443 (this is
not a toll-free number)/e-mail: DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.
Interested parties are encouraged to send comments to the Office of
Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for the
Department of Labor--Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA), Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, Washington, DC
20503, Telephone: 202-395-7316/Fax: 202-395-5806 (these are not toll-
free numbers), E-mail: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov within 30 days from
the date of this publication in the Federal Register. In order to
ensure the appropriate consideration, comments should reference the OMB
Control Number (see below).
The OMB is particularly interested in comments which:
Evaluate whether the proposed information collection
requirements are necessary for the proper performance 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 collections 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 without change of a previously approved
Title of Collection: Asbestos in General Industry (29 CFR
OMB Control Number: 1218-0133.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profits.
Estimated Number of Respondents: 243.
Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 11,933.
Estimated Total Annual Costs Burden (excludes hourly wage costs):
Description: The basic purpose of the information collection
requirements in the Standard is to document that employers in general
industry are providing their workers with protection from hazardous
asbestos exposure. Asbestos exposure results in asbestosis, an
emphysema-like condition; lung cancer; mesothelioma; and
Several provisions of the Standard specify paperwork requirements,
including: Implementing an exposure monitoring program that notifies
workers of their exposure monitoring results; establishing a written
compliance program; and informing laundry personnel of the requirement
to prevent release of airborne asbestos above the time-weighted average
and excursion limit. Other provisions associated with paperwork
requirements include: Maintaining records of information obtained
concerning the presence, location, and quantity of asbestos-containing
materials (ACMs) and/or presumed asbestos-containing materials (PACMs)
in a building/facility; notifying housekeeping workers of the presence
and location of ACMs and PACMs in areas they may contact during their
work; posting warning signs demarcating regulated areas; posting signs
in mechanical rooms/areas that workers 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; and
affixing warning labels to asbestos-containing products and to
containers holding such products. Additional provisions that contain
paperwork requirements include: Developing specific information and
training programs for workers; using information, data, and analyses to
demonstrate that PACMs do not contain asbestos; providing medical
surveillance for workers potentially exposed to ACMs and/or PACMs,
including administering a worker medical questionnaire, providing
information to the examining physician, and providing the physician's
written opinion to the worker; maintaining exposure monitoring records,
objective data used for exposure determinations, and medical
surveillance; 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 (NIOSH) on
cessation of business, if so requested by NIOSH.
These paperwork requirements permit employers, workers and their
designated representatives, OSHA, and other specified parties to determine the
effectiveness of an employer's asbestos-control program. Accordingly,
the requirements ensure that workers exposed to asbestos receive all of
the protection afforded by the Standard.
For additional information, see the related 60-day preclearance
notice published in the Federal Register on April 5, 2010, (75 FR
Dated: July 28, 2010.
Linda Watts Thomas,
Acting Departmental Clearance Officer.
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