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, 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.
OSHA is requesting to increase its current burden hours from 20,558 to 22,381 hours, a total increase of 1,823 hours. Although the cost of exposure monitoring sampling increased slightly from $19 to $20, there was a $14,976 increase in the overall cost of sampling (from $79,344 to $94,320). Further, although the cost of a medical exam increased from $175 to $187, there was a $976,550 increase in the overall cost of medical exams (from $2,369,850 to $2,848,384), as a result of the increase in the number of medical exams.