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[Federal Register: August 30, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 167)]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Office of the Secretary
Submission for OMB Review: Comment Request
August 24, 2010.
The Department of Labor (DOL) hereby announces the submission of
the following public information collection request (ICR) to the Office
of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance
with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C.
chapter 35). A copy of the ICR, with applicable supporting
documentation; including, among other things, a description of the
likely respondents, proposed frequency of response, and estimated total
burden may be obtained from the RegInfo.gov Web site at
http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain or by contacting
Linda Watts Thomas on 202-693-2443 (this is not a toll-free number)/e-mail:
Interested parties are encouraged to send comments 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: 202-395-7316/Fax: 202-395-5806 (these are not toll-free numbers),
E-mail: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov within 30 days from
the date of this publication in the Federal Register. In order to
ensure the appropriate consideration, comments should reference the OMB
Control Number (see below).
The OMB is particularly interested in comments which:
Evaluate whether the proposed information collection
requirements are necessary for the proper performance 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 collections 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.
Type of Review: Extension without change of a previously approved
Title of Collection: Access to Employee Exposure and Medical
Records (29 CFR 1910.1020)
OMB Control Number: 1218-0065.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profits.
Estimated Number of Respondents: 690,591.
Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 665,009.
Estimated Total Annual Costs Burden (Excludes Hourly Wage Costs):
Description: Under the authority granted by the Occupational Safety
and Health Act of 1970, OSHA published a health regulation governing
access to worker exposure monitoring data and medical records. This
regulation does not require employers to collect any information or to
establish any new systems of records. Rather, it requires that
employers provide workers, their designated representatives, and OSHA
with access to worker exposure monitoring and medical records, and any
analyses resulting from these records that employers must maintain
under OSHA's toxic chemical and harmful physical agent standards. In
this regard, the regulation specifies requirements for record access,
record retention, worker information, trade secret management, and
record transfer. Accordingly, the Agency attributes the burden hours
and costs associated with exposure monitoring and measurement, medical
surveillance, and the other activities required to generate the data
governed by the regulation to the health standards that specify these
activities; therefore, OSHA did not include these burden hours and
costs in the ICR.
Access to exposure and medical information enables workers and
their designated representatives to become directly involved in identifying
and controlling occupational health hazards, as well as managing and
preventing occupationally-related health impairment and disease.
Providing the Agency with access to the records permits it to ascertain
whether or not employers are complying with the regulation, as well as
the recordkeeping requirements of its other health standards;
therefore, OSHA access provides additional assurance that workers and
their designated representative are able to obtain the data they need
to conduct their analyses.