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• Publication Date: 02/01/2012
• Publication Type: Notice
• Fed Register #: 77: 5060-5061
• Title: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Bloodborne Pathogens Standard

[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 21 (Wednesday, February 1, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 5060-5061]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-2107]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Office of the Secretary


Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB
Review; Comment Request; Bloodborne Pathogens Standard

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sponsored information
collection request (ICR) titled, "Bloodborne Pathogens Standard," to
the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for
continued use in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of
1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.).

DATES: Submit comments on or before March 2, 2012.

ADDRESSES: A copy of this ICR with applicable supporting documentation;
including a description of the likely respondents, proposed frequency
of response, and estimated total burden may be obtained from the
RegInfo.gov Web site, http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain, on the
day following publication of this notice or by contacting Michel Smyth
by telephone at (202) 693-4129 (this is not a toll-free number) or
sending an email to DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.
    Submit comments about this request 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) 395-6929/Fax: (202) 395-6881 (these are not toll-free numbers),
email: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Contact Michel Smyth by telephone at
(202) 693-4129 (this is not a toll-free number) or by email at DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Bloodborne Pathogen Standard is an
occupational safety and health standard that prevents occupational
exposure to bloodborne pathogens. The standard's information collection
requirements are essential components that protect workers from
occupational exposure. The information is used by employers and workers
to implement the protection required by the Standard. OSHA compliance
officers will use some of the information in their enforcement of the
Standard. The collections of information contained in the Bloodborne
Pathogens Standard include a written exposure control plan,
documentation of workers' hepatitis B vaccinations and post-exposure
evaluations and follow-up medical visits, training, related
recordkeeping and a sharps injury log. Information generated in
accordance with these provisions provides the employer and the worker
with means to provide protection from the adverse health effects
associated with occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
    This information collection is subject to the PRA. A Federal agency
generally cannot conduct or sponsor a collection of information, and
the public is generally not required to respond to an information
collection, unless it is approved by the OMB under the PRA and displays
a currently valid OMB Control Number. In addition, notwithstanding any
other provisions of law, no person shall generally be subject to
penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information if the
collection of information does not display a valid OMB Control Number.
See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 1320.6. The DOL obtains OMB approval for this
information collection under OMB Control Number 1218-0180. The current
OMB approval is scheduled to expire on January 31, 2012; however, it
should be noted that existing information collection requirements
submitted to the OMB receive a month-to-month extension while they
undergo review. For additional information, see the related notice
published in the Federal Register on November 1, 2011 (76 FR 67478).
    Interested parties are encouraged to send comments to the OMB,
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the address shown in
the ADDRESSES section within 30 days of publication of this notice in
the Federal Register. In order to help ensure appropriate
consideration, comments should reference OMB Control Number 1218-0180.
The OMB is particularly interested in comments that:
     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 (OSHA).
    Title of Collection: Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.
    OMB Control Number: 1218-0180.
    Affected Public: Private Sector--Businesses or other for profits.
    Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 666,933.
    Total Estimated Number of Responses: 26,171,202.
    Total Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 14,518,778.
    Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $34,342,534.

    Dated: January 26, 2012.
Michel Smyth,
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-2107 Filed 1-31-12; 8:45 am]
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