Comments on Carcinogens Standard Sought

The Office of Management and Budget is seeking comments on the extension of information collection requirements in OSHA's 13 carcinogens standard.

The Office of Management and Budget is seeking comments on the extension of information collection requirements in OSHA's 13 carcinogens standard, the agency announced.

The 13 carcinogens standard requires employers to develop signs and labels to warn employees about the hazards associated with specific carcinogens.

Employers must notify OSHA Area Directors when they create new regulated areas, change regulated areas, and when incidents occur in regulated areas.

The 13 Carcinogens Standard covers the following industrial chemicals: 4-Nitrobiphenyl; alpha-Naphthylamine; methyl chloromethyl ether; 3,-Dichlorobenzidine (and its salts); bis-Chloromethyl ether; beta-Naphthylamine; Benzidine; 4-Aminodiphenyl; Ethyleneimine; beta-Propiolactone; 2-Acetylaminofluorene; 4-Dimethylaminoazo-benzene; and N-Nitrosodimethylamine.

Under the standard, employers must establish and implement a medical surveillance program for employees assigned to enter regulated areas.

The program must inform employees of their medical examination results and provide them with access to these results.

Additionally, employers must retain employee medical records for specified time periods and provide these record to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health under certain circumstances.

The agency is interested in comments that evaluate whether the proposed information collection is necessary and has practical utility; detail the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and explain ways to minimize the burden of collecting the information.

Comments should be sent by March 8 to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for OSHA, Office of Management and Budget Room 10235, Washington, D.C. 20503.

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