On March 6, 2010, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a Federal Register notice (77 FR 13359), requesting public comments concerning its proposal to extend the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) approval of the information collection requirements set out in the Cadmium in General Industry Standard (29 CFR 1910.1027). The proposal would extend current requirements into 2015. According to OSHA, the industries likely to be effected include chemical mixers, utilities, and electroplaters. OSHA estimates that nearly 50,000 facilities are covered by the rule. The agency is requesting public comments to ensure that information collection occurs in a way that minimizes paperwork and related burdens on employers. The docket includes both the FR notice and OSHA’s Information Collection Supporting Statement.
Requirements Proposed for Extension
According to OSHA, the information collection requirements in the Cadmium General Industry Standard protect workers from the adverse health effects that result from their exposure to cadmium. The major information collection requirements of the Standard include:
- conducting worker exposure monoring,
- notifying workers of their cadmium exposures,
- implementing a written compliance program,
- implementing medical surveillance of workers,
- providing examining physicians with specific information,
- ensuring that workers receive a copy of their medical surveillance results,
- maintaining workers’ exposure monitoring and medical surveillance records for specific periods, and
- providing access to these records by OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the worker who is the subject of the records, the worker’s representative, and other designated parties.
Topics for Public Comment
OSHA is particularly interested in public comments on the following topics:
- 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 minimize the burden on employers who must comply; for example, by using automated or other technological information collection and transmission techniques.
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Additional information on OSHA general industry requirements and guidance materials may be found on OSHA’s website.