[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 248 (Thursday, December 26, 2013)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-30780]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Office of the Secretary
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB
Review; Comment Request; Asbestos in General Industry Standard
SUMMARY: On December 31, 2013, the Department of Labor (DOL) will
submit the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
sponsored information collection request (ICR) titled, "Asbestos in
General Industry 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 30, 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
as of January 1, 2014, 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: The ICR seeks to maintain PRA authority for
the information collection requirements specified in regulations 29 CFR
1910.1001, the Asbestos in General Industry Standard, that require a
covered employer to monitor worker exposure; to notify workers of their
asbestos exposures; to develop a written compliance program; to
maintain records concerning the presence, location, and quantity of
asbestos-containing materials and/or presumed asbestos-containing
materials; to provide medical surveillances; to provide examining
physicians with specific information; to ensure workers receive a copy
of the physician's written opinion; 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 asbestos in the workplace does not harm workers. The
Occupational Safety and Health Act authorizes the information
collection provisions. See 29 U.S.C. 651, 655, and 657.
These information collection requirements are 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 1218-0133.
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 June 7, 2013 (78 FR 34406).
Interested parties are encouraged to send comments to the OMB,
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the address shown in
section by January 30, 2014. In order to help ensure appropriate
consideration, comments should mention OMB Control Number 1218-0133.
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: Asbestos in General Industry Standard.
OMB Control Number: 1218-0133.
Affected Public: Private Sector--business or other for-profits.
Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 121.
Total Estimated Number of Responses: 32,253.
Total Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 11,694.
Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $925,026.
Dated: December 19, 2013.
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-30780 Filed 12-24-13; 8:45 am]
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