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||Methylene Chloride Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 175 (Friday, September 9, 2011)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-23055]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2011-0060]
Methylene Chloride 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 comments.
SUMMARY: OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to
extend the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of the
information collection requirements specified in the Methylene Chloride
Standard (29 CFR 1910.1052).
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
November 8, 2011.
ADDRESSES: 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 a copy of your comments and
attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, OSHA Docket No. OSHA-2011-0060,
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 (OSHA-2011-0060) for the Information Collection Request
(ICR). 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: Theda Kenney or Todd Owen, Directorate
of Standards and Guidance, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-3468,
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 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).
As required by the PRA-95, OSHA published a notice in the Federal
Register on March 16, 2011 (76 FR 14432, Docket No. OSHA-2011-0060)
requesting public comment on its proposed extension of the information
collection requirements contained in the existing Standard on Methylene
Chloride (29 CFR 1910.1052, "the Standard"). The notice was part of a
preclearance consultation program intended to provide those interested
parties the opportunity to comment on OSHA's request for an extension
by OMB of a previous approval of the information collection
requirements in the Standard. No public comments were received.
However, as a result of the Standards Improvement Project-Phase III
final rule (76 FR 33590), published on June 8, 2011, the "transfer of
records" requirement contained in the Standard (former 29 CFR
1910.1052(m)(5)) was revoked. In accordance with PRA-95, prior to
issuance of the final rule, on May 27, 2011, OSHA submitted a revised
ICR to OMB requesting approval to remove this requirement and the
associated burden hours and costs. On August 11, 2011, OMB issued a
Notice of Action (NOA) indicating approval of the request.
In addition, the NOA instructed the Department of Labor to publish
a second notice in the Federal Register to solicit comments on its
proposal to extend the Office of Management and Budget's approval of
the information collection requirements. In response, this notice
fulfills the NOA instructions. The Agency will respond to any comments
submitted in response to this notice and submit the final ICR to OMB.
The Standard protects workers from the adverse health effects that
may result from their exposure to methylene chloride (MC). The
requirements in the Standard include worker exposure monitoring,
notifying workers of their MC exposures, administering medical
examinations to workers, providing examining physicians with specific
program and worker information, ensuring that workers receive a copy of
their medical examination results, training workers on the hazards of
MC, maintaining workers' exposure monitoring and medical examination
records for specific periods, and providing access to these records by
OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the
affected workers, 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.
III. Proposed Actions
OSHA is requesting an adjustment decrease in burden hours from
67,361 to 63,560 (a total decrease of 3,801 hours). The adjustment is
primarily due to a decrease in covered workers.
Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
Title: Methylene Chloride Standard (29 CFR 1910.1052).
OMB Number: 1218-0179.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profits.
Number of Respondents: 90,596.
Frequency of Response: Annually; semi-annually, quarterly; on
Total Responses: 250,924.
Average Time per Response: Varies from 1 hour for administering a
medical examination to 5 minutes to maintain a worker's medical or
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 63,560.
Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $19,214,570.
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 http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal
eRulemaking Portal; (2) by facsimile (fax); or (3) by hard copy. All
comments, attachments, and other material must identify the Agency name
and the OSHA docket number for the ICR (Docket No. OSHA-2011-0060). You
may supplement electronic submissions by uploading document files
electronically. If you wish to mail additional materials in reference
to an electronic or 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 the Agency can attach them
to your comments.
Because of security procedures, the use of regular mail may cause a
significant delay in the receipt of comments. For information about
security procedures concerning the delivery of materials by hand,
express delivery, messenger, or courier service, please contact the
OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-2350, (TTY (877) 889-5627).
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 through this Web site.
All submissions, including copyrighted material, are
available for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office.
Information on using the http://www.regulations.gov Web site to submit
comments and access the docket is available at the Web site's "User
Tips" link. Contact the OSHA Docket Office for information about
materials not available through the Web site and for assistance in
using the Internet to locate docket submissions.
V. Authority and Signature
David Michaels, PhD, MPH, 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. 4-2010
(75 FR 55355).
Signed at Washington, DC, on September 2, 2011.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2011-23055 Filed 9-8-11; 8:45 am]
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