Date: Wed, 4 May 2011 08:38:25 -0400
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From: "Secretary, ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety"

Subject: Call for public comment from OSHA on estimate of cost of
recordkeeping for lab standard


(abridged for length)


Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. OSHA-2011-0059]

Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget=92s (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements

SUMMARY: OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to extend OMB approval of the information collection requirements specified in the Standard on Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories.

DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by July 5, 2011

1. Background

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 accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).


The Standard entitled =91=91Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories=92=92 (29 CFR 1910.1450; the =91=91Standard=92=92) applies to laboratories that use hazardous chemicals in accordance with the Standard=92s definitions for =91=91laboratory use of hazardous chemicals=92=92 and =91=91laboratory scale.=92=92 The Standard requires these laboratories to maintain worker exposures at or below the permissible exposure limits specified for the hazardous chemicals in 29 CFR part 1910, subpart Z. They do so by developing a written Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) that describes: Standard operating procedures for using hazardous chemicals; hazard-control techniques; equipment-reliability measures; worker information-and- training programs; conditions under which the employer must approve operations, procedures, and activities before implementation; and medical consultations and examinations. The CHP also designates personnel responsible for implementing the CHP, and specifies the procedures used to provide additional protection to workers exposed to particularly hazardous chemicals.

Other information collection requirements of the Standard include: Documenting exposure monitoring results; notifying workers in writing of these results; presenting specified information and training to workers; establishing a medical surveillance program for overexposed workers; providing required information to the physician; obtaining the physician=92s written opinion on using proper respiratory equipment; and, establishing, maintaining, transferring, and disclosing exposure monitoring and medical records. These collection of information requirements, including the CHP, control worker overexposure to hazardous laboratory chemicals, thereby preventing serious illnesses and death among workers exposed to such chemicals.

II. Special Issues for Comment

OSHA has a particular interest in comments on the following issues:

=95 Whether the proposed information collection requirements are necessary for the proper performance of the Agency=92s functions to protect workers, including whether the information is useful;

=95 The accuracy of OSHA=92s estimate of the burden (time and costs) of the information collection requirements, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

=95 The quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and

=95 Ways to minimize the burden on employers who must comply; for example, by using automated or other technological information collection and transmission techniques.

III. Proposed Actions

OSHA is proposing to extend the information collection requirements contained in the Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories Standard (29 CFR 1910.1450). The Agency is requesting to increase the existing burden hour estimate for the collection of information requirements in the Standard. In this regard, the Agency is requesting to adjust the current burden hour estimate from 281,419 hours to 293,706 hours.

Number of Respondents: 48,461.

Frequency: Varies from 3 minutes (.05 hour) to replace the safe practice manual to 1 hour to develop a new manual.

Total Responses: 948,634.

Average Time per Response:

Annually; monthly, quarterly, semi- annually, on occasion

Estimated Total Burden Hours:


Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $41,271,276.

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