[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 143 (Tuesday, July 26, 2016)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 48708-48710]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-17270]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

29 CFR Parts 1910, 1915, and 1926

[Docket No. OSHA-2010-0034]
RIN 1218-AB70


Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica; Approval 
of Collections of Information

AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 
Department of Labor.

ACTION: Final rule; Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of 
collections of information.

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SUMMARY: This rule is a technical amendment announcing that OMB has 
approved the collections of information contained in OSHA's standards 
for Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica and revising 
OSHA's regulations to reflect that approval. The OMB approval number is 
1218-0266.

DATES:  Effective July 26, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Todd Owen, OSHA, Directorate of 
Standards and Guidance, Room N-3609, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 
Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 693-
2222.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OSHA published a final rule for the 
Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica standards on 
March 25, 2016 (81 FR 16286), after determining that employees exposed 
to respirable crystalline silica at the previous permissible exposure 
limits face a significant risk of material impairment to their health. 
The evidence in the record for this rulemaking indicates that workers 
exposed to respirable crystalline silica are at increased risk of 
developing silicosis and other nonmalignant respiratory diseases, lung 
cancer, and kidney disease. These requirements are necessary to provide 
protection from these hazards. The silica final rule becomes effective 
on June 23, 2016. Start-up dates for specific provisions are set in 
Sec.  1910.1053(l) for general industry and maritime and in Sec.  
1926.1153(k) for construction.
    Consistent with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501-
3520), the Federal Register notice for the Occupational Exposure to 
Respirable Crystalline Silica final rule states that employers do not 
have to comply with the collections of information until OMB approves 
those collections of information and the

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Department of Labor publishes a notice in the Federal Register 
announcing this approval and the control number assigned by OMB to the 
final rule's collections of information. Under 5 CFR 1320.5(b), an 
agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless: 
(1) The collection of information displays a current valid OMB control 
number and (2) the agency informs members of the public required to 
respond to the collection of information that they are not required to 
do so unless the agency displays a currently valid OMB control number 
for the collection of information.
    On March 25, 2016, the Department of Labor submitted an information 
collection request for the final rule to OMB for approval in accordance 
with the PRA. On June 27, 2016, OMB approved the collections of 
information contained in the final rule and assigned these collections 
of information OMB Control Number 1218-0266, titled ``Respirable 
Crystalline Silica Standards for General Industry, Shipyard Employment 
and Marine Terminals (29 CFR 1910.1053) and Construction (29 CFR 
1926.1053).'' The approval for collecting the information expires on 
June 30, 2019.
    This revision of Sec.  1910.8, Sec.  1915.8 and Sec.  1926.5 is a 
technical amendment to increase public awareness of OMB's approval of 
the collections of information. Opportunity for public comment on this 
rule is therefore unnecessary. The Agency notes that the public has 
already had the opportunity to comment on the collections of 
information and OMB has approved them.
    The final Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica 
standards impose new collections of information for purposes of the 
PRA. The collections of information in the rule are needed to assist 
employers in identifying and controlling exposures to respirable 
crystalline silica in the workplace, and to address adverse health 
effects related to respirable crystalline silica. OSHA will also use 
records developed in response to these standards to determine 
compliance with OSHA standards.
    The table below identifies the new collections of information 
contained in the final rule.

      Collection of Information Requirements in the Final Standard
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Exposure assessment--General...........  29 CFR 1910.1053(d)(1), 29 CFR
                                          1926.1153(c)(1), 29 CFR
                                          1926.1153(d), and 29 CFR
                                          1926.1153(d)(2)(i).
Exposure assessment--Performance option  29 CFR 1910.1053(d)(2) and 29
                                          CFR 1926.1153(d)(2)(ii).
Exposure assessment--Scheduled           29 CFR 1910.1053(d)(3)(i), 29
 monitoring option.                       CFR 1910.1053(d)(3)(iii)-
                                          (d)(3)(v), 29 CFR
                                          1926.1153(d)(2)(iii)(A), and
                                          29 CFR 1926.1153(d)(2)(iii)(C)-
                                          (E).
Exposure assessment--Reassessment of     29 CFR 1910.1053(d)(4) and 29
 exposures.                               CFR 1926.1153(d)(2)(iv).
Exposure assessment--Notifying each      29 CFR 1910.1053(d)(6)(i) and
 affected employee in writing of the      29 CFR 1926.1153(d)(2)(vi)(A).
 monitoring results or posting the
 results.
Exposure assessment--Describing          29 CFR 1910.1053(d)(6)(ii) and
 corrective actions being taken to        29 CFR 1926.1153(d)(2)(vi)(B).
 reduce employee exposure to or below
 the PEL in the written notification
 when an exposure assessment indicates
 that that employee exposure is above
 the PEL.
Written exposure control plan--          29 CFR 1910.1053(f)(2)(i), 29
 Establishing and implementing a          CFR 1910.1053(f)(2)(i)(A)-(C),
 written exposure control plan.           29 CFR 1926.1153(g)(1), and 29
                                          CFR 1926.1153(g)(1)(i)-(iv).
Written exposure control plan--          29 CFR 1910.1053(f)(2)(ii) and
 Reviewing and evaluating the             29 CFR 1926.1153(g)(2).
 effectiveness of the written exposure
 control plan annually and updating it
 as necessary.
Written exposure control plan--Making    29 CFR 1910.1053(f)(2)(iii) and
 the written exposure control plan        29 CFR 1926.1153(g)(3).
 readily available for examination and
 copying.
Methods of compliance--Compliance with   29 CFR 1910.1053(f)(3).
 29 CFR part 1915 Subpart I.
Respiratory protection--Instituting a    29 CFR 1910.1053(g)(2) and 29
 respiratory protection program in        CFR 1926.1153(e)(2).
 accordance with 29 CFR 1910.134.
Medical surveillance--Implementing       29 CFR 1910.1053(i)(1)(i), 29
 medical surveillance of employees.       CFR 1910.1053(i)(2), 29 CFR
                                          1910.1053(i)(2)(i)-(i)(2)(vi),
                                          29 CFR 1910.1053(i)(3), 29 CFR
                                          1910.1053(i)(7)(i), 29 CFR
                                          1926.1153(h)(1)(i), 29 CFR
                                          1926.1153(h)(2), 29 CFR
                                          1926.1153(h)(2)(i)-(h)(2)(vi),
                                          29 CFR 1926.1153(h)(3), and 29
                                          CFR 1926.1153(h)(7)(i).
Medical surveillance--Ensuring that the  29 CFR 1910.1053(i)(4), 29 CFR
 physician or other licensed health       1910.1053(i)(4)(i)-(iv), 29
 care professional (PLHCP), or            CFR 1910.1053(i)(7)(ii), 29
 specialist, has certain specified        CFR 1926.1153(h)(4), 29 CFR
 information.                             1926.1153(h)(4)(i)-(iv), and
                                          29 CFR 1926.1153(h)(7)(ii).
Medical surveillance--Ensuring that the  29 CFR 1910.1053(i)(5), 29 CFR
 PLHCP, or specialist, explains to the    1910.1053(i)(5)(i)-(iv), 29
 employee the results of the medical      CFR 1910.1053(i)(7)(iii), 29
 examination and provides each employee   CFR 1926.1153(h)(5), 29 CFR
 with a copy of their written medical     1926.1153(h)(5)(i)-(iv), and
 report.                                  29 CFR 1926.1153(h)(7)(iii).
Medical surveillance--Obtaining a        29 CFR 1910.1053(i)(6)(i), 29
 written medical opinion from the         CFR 1910.1053(i)(6)(i)(A)-(C),
 PLHCP, or specialist, and ensuring       29 CFR 1910.1053(i)(6)(ii)(A)-
 that each employee receives a copy of    (B), 29 CFR
 the PLHCP's written medical opinion.     1910.1053(i)(6)(iii), 29 CFR
                                          1910.1053(i)(7)(iv), 29 CFR
                                          1926.1153(h)(6)(i), 29 CFR
                                          1926.1153(h)(6)(i)(A)-(C), 29
                                          CFR 1926.1153(h)(6)(ii)(A)-
                                          (B), 29 CFR
                                          1926.1153(h)(6)(iii), and 29
                                          CFR 1926.1153(h)(7)(iv).
Hazard communication--Including          29 CFR 1910.1053(j)(1) and 29
 respirable crystalline silica in the     CFR 1926.1153(i)(1).
 program established to comply with the
 hazard communication standard (29 CFR
 1910.1200) and ensuring that each
 employee has access to labels on
 containers of crystalline silica and
 safety data sheets.

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Making and maintaining air monitoring    29 CFR 1910.1053(k)(1)(i), 29
 data and objective data records and      CFR 1910.1053(k)(1)(ii), 29
 medical surveillance records for         CFR 1910.1053(k)(1)(ii)(A)-
 specific periods.                        (G), 29 CFR
                                          1910.1053(k)(2)(i), 29 CFR
                                          1910.1053(k)(2)(ii), 29 CFR
                                          1910.1053(k)(2)(ii)(A)-(E), 29
                                          CFR 1910.1053(k)(3)(i), 29 CFR
                                          1910.1053(k)(3)(ii), 29 CFR
                                          1910.1053(k)(3)(ii)(A)-(C), 29
                                          CFR 1926.1153(j)(1)(i), 29 CFR
                                          1926.1153(j)(1)(ii), 29 CFR
                                          1926.1153(j)(1)(ii)(A)-(G), 29
                                          CFR 1926.1153(j)(2)(i), 29 CFR
                                          1926.1153(j)(2)(ii), 29 CFR
                                          1926.1153(j)(2)(ii)(A)-(E) 29
                                          CFR 1926.1153(j)(3)(i), 29 CFR
                                          1926.1153(j)(3)(ii), and 29
                                          CFR 1926.1153(j)(3)(ii)(A)-
                                          (C).
Recordkeeping--Making air monitoring     29 CFR 1910.1053(k)(1)(iii), 29
 data, objective data, and medical        CFR 1910.1053(k)(2)(iii), 29
 surveillance records available.          CFR 1910.1053(k)(3)(iii), 29
                                          CFR 1926.1153(j)(1)(iii), 29
                                          CFR 1926.1153(j)(2)(iii), and
                                          29 CFR 1926.1153(j)(3)(iii).
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    Title: Respirable Crystalline Silica Standards for General 
Industry, Shipyard Employment and Marine Terminals and Construction.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profits.
    Number of Respondents: 682,581 firms.
    Frequency: Biennially; Once; Semi-annually; On occasion; Annually; 
Quarterly.
    Average Time per Response: Varies from 5 minutes for the employer 
to make air-monitoring data, objective data and medical surveillance 
records available to employees to 16 hours for a large employer to 
develop a written exposure control plan.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 12,118,364 hours.
    Estimated Costs (Operation and Maintenance): $394 million.

Authority and Signature

    David Michaels, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Secretary of Labor for 
Occupational Safety and Health, directed the preparation of this 
document. The authority for this document is the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3506 et seq.) and Secretary of Labor's Order 1-
2012 (77 FR 3912 (January 25, 2012)).

    Signed at Washington, DC, on July 15, 2016.
David Michaels,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.

    For the reasons stated in the preamble, the Occupational Safety and 
Health Administration amends 29 CFR parts 1910, 1915, and 1926 as 
follows:

PART 1910--[AMENDED]

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1. The authority citation for part 1910 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 29 U.S.C. 653, 655, 657; Secretary of Labor's Order 
Numbers 12-71 (36 FR 8754), 8-76 (41 FR 25059), 9-83 (48 FR 35736), 
1-90 (55 FR 9033), 6-96 (62 FR 111), 3-2000 (65 FR 50017), 5-2002 
(67 FR 65008), 5-2007 (72 FR 31159), 4-2010 (75 FR 55355), or 1-2012 
(77 FR 3912), as applicable.

    Sections 1910.6, 1910.7, 1910.8 and 1910.9 also issued under 29 CFR 
1911. Section 1910.7(f) also issued under 31 U.S.C. 9701, 29 U.S.C. 9a, 
5 U.S.C. 553; Public Law 106-113 (113 Stat. 1501A-222); Public Law 11-8 
and 111-317; and OMB Circular A-25 (dated July 8, 1993) (58 FR 38142, 
July 15, 1993).

Subpart A--General

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2. Amend Sec.  1910.8 by adding to the table, in the proper numerical 
sequence, the entry ``1910.1053'' to read as follows:


Sec.  1910.8  OMB control numbers under the Paperwork Reduction Act.

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                                                            OMB control
                     29 CFR citation                            No.
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1910.1053...............................................       1218-0266
 
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PART 1915--[AMENDED]

0
3. The authority citation for part 1915 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: Section 41, Longshore and Harbor Workers' 
Compensation Act (33 U.S.C. 941); Sections 4, 6, and 8 of the 
Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (29 U.S.C. 653, 655, 
657); Secretary of Labor's Order No. 12-71 (36 FR 8754), 8-76 (41 FR 
25059), 9-83 (48 FR 35736), 1-90 (55 FR 9033), 6-96 (62 FR 111), 3-
2000 (65 FR 50017), 5-2002 (67 FR 65008), 5-2007 (72 FR 31160), 4-
2010 (75 FR 55355), or 1-2012 (77 FR 3912), as applicable; 29 CFR 
part 1911.

Subpart A--General

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4. Amend Sec.  1915.8 by adding to the table, in the proper numerical 
sequence, the entry ``1915.1053'' to read as follows:


Sec.  1915.8  OMB control numbers under the Paperwork Reduction Act.

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                                                            OMB control
                     29 CFR citation                            No.
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1915.1053...............................................       1218-0266
 
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PART 1926--[AMENDED]

0
5. The authority citation for part 1926 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 40 U.S.C. 3701 et seq.; 29 U.S.C. 653, 655, 657; 
Secretary of Labor's Order No. 12-71 (36 FR 8754), 8-76 (41 FR 
25059), 9-83 (48 FR 35736), 1-90 (55 FR 9033), 6-96 (62 FR 111), 3-
2000 (65 FR 50017), 5-2002 (67 FR 65008), or 5-2007 (72 FR 31160), 
5-2007 (72 FR 31160), 4-2010 (75 FR 55355), or 1-2012 (77 FR 3912), 
as applicable; and 29 CFR part 1911.

Subpart A--General

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6. Amend Sec.  1926.5 by adding to the table, in the proper numerical 
sequence, the entry ``1926.1153'' to read as follows:


Sec.  1926.5  OMB control numbers under the Paperwork Reduction Act.

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                                                            OMB control
                     29 CFR citation                            No.
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1926.1153...............................................       1218-0266
 
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