[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 243 (Wednesday, December 18, 2013)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-30071]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Office of the Secretary
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB
Review; Comment Request; Formaldehyde Standard
SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sponsored information
collection request (ICR) titled, "Formaldehyde Standard," to the
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for
continued use, without change, in accordance with the Paperwork
Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.
DATES: Submit comments on or before January 17, 2014.
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 free of charge
from the RegInfo.gov Web site at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=201311-1218-001
(this link will only become active 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 by mail or courier to the Office
of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for DOL-
OSHA, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW.,
Washington, DC 20503; by Fax: 202-395-6881 (this is not a toll-free
number); or by email: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov. Commenters are
encouraged, but not required, to send a courtesy copy of any comments
by mail or courier to the U.S. Department of Labor-OASAM, Office of the
Chief Information Officer, Attn: Departmental Information Compliance
Management Program, Room N1301, 200 Constitution Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20210; or by email: DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.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.
Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D).
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This ICR seeks to maintain PRA authority for
the information collections specified in regulations 29 CFR 1910.1020
and -.1048. The Formaldehyde Standard requires a covered employer to
monitor worker exposure, to notify workers of their formaldehyde
exposures, to provide medical surveillances, to provide examining
physicians with specific information, to ensure workers receive a copy
of their medical examination results, to maintain
workers' exposure monitoring and medical records for specific periods,
and to provide the OSHA, National Institute for Occupational Safety and
Health, affected workers, and their authorized representatives access
to these records. Employers, workers, physicians, and the Government
use these records to ensure exposure to benzene in the workplace does
not harm workers. The Occupational Safety and Health Act authorizes
this information collection. See 29 U.S.C. 651, 655, and 657.
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 that
does not display a valid Control Number. See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and
1320.6. The DOL obtains OMB approval for this information collection
under Control Number 1218-0145.
OMB authorization for an ICR cannot be for more than three (3)
years without renewal, and the current approval for this collection is
scheduled to expire on December 31, 2013. The DOL seeks to extend PRA
authorization for this information collection for three (3) more years,
without any change to existing requirements. The DOL notes that
existing information collection requirements submitted to the OMB
receive a month-to-month extension while they undergo review. For
additional substantive information about this ICR, see the related
notice published in the Federal Register on August 23, 2013 (78 FR
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 mention OMB Control Number 1218-0145.
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.
Title of Collection: Formaldehyde Standard.
OMB Control Number: 1218-0145.
Affected Public: Private Sector--businesses or other for-profits.
Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 84,931.
Total Estimated Number of Responses: 904,202.
Total Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 237,854.
Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $41,724,296.
Dated: December 12, 2013.
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-30071 Filed 12-17-13; 8:45 am]
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