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Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Ionizing Radiation Standard

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2010-0030]

Ionizing Radiation Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements

Agency

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.

Action

Request for public comments.

Summary

OSHA solicits public comments concerning the proposal to extend the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of the information collection requirements specified in the Ionizing Radiation Standard.

Dates

Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by July 5, 2024.

Addresses

Electronically: You may submit comments and attachments electronically at https://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Follow the instructions online for submitting comments.

Docket: To read or download comments or other material in the docket, go to https://www.regulations.gov. Documents in the docket are listed in the https://www.regulations.gov index; however, some information ( e.g., copyrighted material) is not publicly available to read or download through the websites. All submissions, including copyrighted material, are available for inspection through the OSHA Docket Office. Contact the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-2350 (TTY (877) 889-5627) for assistance in locating docket submissions.

Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and OSHA docket number (OSHA-2010-0030) for the Information Collection Request (ICR). OSHA will place all comments, including any personal information, in the public docket, which may be made available online. Therefore, OSHA cautions interested parties about submitting personal information such as social security numbers and birthdates.

For further information on submitting comments, see the "Public Participation" heading in the section of this notice titled SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION .

For Further Information Contact

Seleda Perryman, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor; telephone (202) 693-2222.

Supplementary Information

I. Background

The Department of Labor, as part of the 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 (PRA) (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, the collection instruments are clearly understood, and OSHA's estimate of the information collection burden is accurate. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) (29 U.S.C. 651 et seq. ) authorizes 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). The OSH Act also 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 effort in obtaining information (29 U.S.C. 657).

The Ionizing Radiation Standard specifies a number of collection of information requirements. The basic purpose of the collections of information in the Ionizing Radiation Standard is to document that employers are providing their workers with protection from ionizing radiation exposure. The collections of information contained in the Standard include: monitoring worker exposure to ionizing radiation, posting caution signs at radiation areas, reporting worker overexposure to OSHA, maintaining exposure records, and providing exposure records to current and former workers.

II. Special Issues for Comment

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

III. Proposed Actions

OSHA is requesting that OMB extend the approval of the information collection requirements contained in the Ionizing Radiation Standard. The agency is requesting an adjustment increase of 11,479 burden hours from 59,077 to 70,556 hours. This increase is primarily due to increasing the percentage of affected establishments that may be using ionizing radiation in each industry identified as using ionizing radiation. Also, the agency is requesting an adjustment increase in capital cost from $8,892,917 to $11,461,149, a total increase of $2,568,232. The increase is due to increases in both the estimated number employees being monitored and the costs for exposure monitoring badges.

OSHA will summarize the comments submitted in response to this notice and will include this summary in the request to OMB to extend the approval of the collection of information requirements.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Title: Ionizing Radiation Standard.

OMB Control Number: 1218-0103.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profits.

Number of Respondents: 25,631.

Number of Responses: 395,705.

Frequency of Responses: On occasion.

Average Time per Response: Varies.

Estimated Total Burden Hours: 70,556.

Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $11,461,149.

IV. Public Participation-Submission of Comments on This Notice and Internet Access to Comments and Submissions

You may submit comments in response to this document as follows: (1) electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal eRulemaking Portal; or (2) by facsimile (fax), if your comments, including attachments, are not longer than 10 pages you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-1648. All comments, attachments, and other material must identify the agency name and the OSHA docket number for the ICR (OSHA-2010-0030). You may supplement electronic submission by uploading document files electronically.

Comments and submissions are posted without change at https://www.regulations.gov. Therefore, OSHA cautions commenters about submitting personal information such as social security numbers and dates of birth. Although all submissions are listed in the https://www.regulations.gov index, some information ( e.g., copyrighted material) is not publicly available to read or download from this website. All submissions, including copyrighted material, are available for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office. Information on using the https://www.regulations.gov website to submit comments and access the docket is available at the website's "User Tips" link.

Contact the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-2350, (TTY (877) 889-5627) for information about materials not available from the website, and for assistance in using the internet to locate docket submissions.

V. Authority and Signature

James S. Frederick, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, directed the preparation of this notice. The authority for this notice is the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3506 et seq. ) and Secretary of Labor's Order No. 8-2020 (85 FR 58393).

Signed at Washington, DC, on April 29, 2024.
James S. Frederick,
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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