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• Publication Date: 02/28/2012
• Publication Type: Notice
• Fed Register #: 77: 12080
• Title: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Cotton Dust Standard

[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 39 (Tuesday, February 28, 2012)]
[Page 12080]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2012-4585]



Office of the Secretary

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB 
Review; Comment Request; Cotton Dust Standard

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Occupational 
Safety and Health Administration sponsored information collection 
request (ICR) titled, "Cotton Dust 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 29, 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 Web site,, 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
    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, 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:

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of the cotton dust standard and 
its information collection requirements is to provide protection for 
employees from the adverse health effects associated with occupational 
exposure to cotton dust. Employers must monitor employee exposure, 
reduce employee exposure to within permissible exposure limits, provide 
employees with medical examinations and training, and establish and 
maintain employee exposure monitoring and medical records.
    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 1218-0061. The current 
OMB approval is scheduled to expire on February 29, 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 October 5, 2011 (76 FR 61752).
    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 1218-0061. 
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.
    Title of Collection: Cotton Dust Standard.
    OMB Control Number: 1218-0061.
    Affected Public: Private Sector--Businesses or Other For-Profits.
    Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 281.
    Total Estimated Number of Responses: 53,622.
    Total Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 20,558.
    Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $2,449,194.

    Dated: February 22, 2012.
Michel Smyth,
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-4585 Filed 2-27-12; 8:45 am]

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