1,3-Butadiene Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements

The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent (i.e., employer) burden, conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the public with an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing information collection requirements in accord with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). This program ensures that information is in the desired format, reporting burden (time and costs) is minimal, collection instruments are clearly understood, and OSHA’s estimate of the information collection burden is accurate. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (the OSH Act) (29 U.S.C. 651 et seq.) authorises information collection by employers as necessary or appropriate for enforcement of the OSH Act or for developing information regarding the causes and prevention of occupational injuries, illnesses, and accidents (29 U.S.C. 657). In addition, the OSH Act requires that OSHA obtain such information with minimum burden upon employers, especially those operating small businesses, and to reduce to the maximum extent feasible unnecessary duplication of efforts in obtaining information (29 U.S.C. 657). In this regard, the 1,3-Butadiene Standard requires employers to monitor employee exposure to 1,3-Butadiene; develop and maintain compliance and exposure goal programs if employee exposures to 1,3-Butadiene are above the Standard’s permissible exposure limits or action level; label respirator filter elements to indicate the date and time it is first installed on the respirator; establish medical surveillance programs to monitor employee health; and to provide employees with information about their exposures and the health effects of exposure to 1,3-Butadiene. OSHA has a particular interest in comments on the following issues: Whether the proposed information collection requirements are necessary for the proper performance of the Agency’s functions, including whether the information is useful; The accuracy of OSHA’s estimate of the burden (time and costs) of the information collection requirements, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; The quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and Ways to minimise the burden on employers who must comply; for example, by using automated or other technological information collection and transmission techniques. The Agency is requesting a 36 hour burden hour adjustment decrease (from 952 to 916 hours). The adjustment is a result of a 25% decline in the number of butadiene monomer facilities from 12 to 9. Also, the Agency is increasing the cost from $95,248 to $105,912, a total cost increase of $10,664. The cost increase is due to a 12.8% increase in the price of professional medical services from 2008 to 2011. The Agency will summarise the comments submitted in response to this notice and will include this summary in the request to OMB to extend the approval of the information collection requirements contained in the Standard. Further information is available at: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2012/07/06/2012-16512/13-butadiene-standard-extension-of-the-office-of-management-and-budgets-omb-approval-of-information

U.S Federal Register, 6 July 2012 ;http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr ;