OSHA Publishes Information Collection Request for Cadmium in Construction

December 11, 2008
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration published on Thursday, December 4, 2008, an extension of the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) approval of information collection (Paperwork) requirements (ICR).  OSHA is soliciting comments concerning its proposal to extend OMB approval of the ICR contained in the Cadmium in Construction Standard (29 CFR 1926.1127). The Agency estimates the burden hours at 39,331; however, it is proposing to increase the currently approved capital costs from $1,657,460 to $1,775,457, a total increase of $117,997, which is due to the Agency increasing the cost to perform medical surveillance and exposure monitoring. The Agency will summarize the comments submitted in response to this notice and will include this summary in the request to OMB. OSHA estimates that the average time per response varies from two minutes (.03 hour) for a secretary to compile and maintain training records to 1.5 hours to administer employee medical examinations. OSHA has a particular interest in comments on the following issues:
  • Whether the proposed ICR is 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.
Please contact Michele Myers, Director, Safety and Health at (703) 837-5410 or via email - , to submit comments.  Comments are due to OSHA by February 3, 2009.
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