[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 45 (Wednesday, March 7, 2018)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 9701-9703]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-04579]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

29 CFR Parts 1910, 1926, and 1915

[Docket No. OSHA-H005C-2006-0870]
RIN 1218-AB76


Occupational Exposure to Beryllium

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

ACTION: Final rule; OMB information collection approval.

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SUMMARY: This rule is a technical amendment announcing that OMB has 
approved the collection of information contained in OSHA's standards 
for Occupational Exposure to Beryllium and Beryllium Compounds in 
General Industry, and revising OSHA's regulations to reflect that 
approval. The OMB approval number is 1218-0267.

DATES: Effective March 7, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Charles McCormick, OSHA, Directorate 
of Standards and Guidance, U.S. Department of Labor; telephone (202) 
693-2222.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OSHA published a final rule on January 9, 
2017, amending its existing standards for the Occupational Exposure to 
Beryllium and Beryllium Compounds. OSHA determined that employees 
exposed to beryllium 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 
beryllium are at increased risk of developing chronic beryllium disease 
and lung cancer. The final rule establishes new permissible exposure 
limits of 0.2 micrograms of beryllium per cubic meters ([micro]g/m\3\) 
of air as an 8-hour time weighted average and 2.0 [micro]g/m\3\ as a 
short term exposure limit determined over a sampling period of 15 
minutes. It also includes other provisions to protect employees, such 
as requirements for exposure assessment, methods for controlling 
exposure, respiratory protection, personal protective clothing and 
equipment, housekeeping, medical surveillance, hazard communication, 
and recordkeeping.
    OSHA issued three separate standards (one for general industry, one 
for shipyards, and one for construction) in order to tailor 
requirements to the circumstances found in these sectors. The effective 
date of those standards was March 10, 2017.
    Consistent with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501-
3520), the Federal Register notice for the Occupational Exposure to 
Beryllium and Beryllium Compounds final rule states that employers do 
not have to comply with the collection of information until OMB 
approves those collections of information, and the 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 collection 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 who are 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.
    The revision of these standards is a technical amendment to 
increase public awareness of OMB's approval of the collection of 
information. The Agency notes that the public has already had the 
opportunity to comment on the collections of information, and OMB has 
approved them. Opportunity for public comment on this final rule is 
therefore unnecessary.
    The final Occupational Exposure to Beryllium and Beryllium 
Compounds standards impose new collections of information for the 
purposes of the PRA. The collections of information in the rule are 
needed to assist employers in identifying and controlling exposure to 
beryllium and beryllium compounds in the workplace, and to address 
adverse health effects related to beryllium. OSHA will also use records 
developed in response to these standards to determine compliance with 
OSHA standards.

                          Collections of Information Requirements in the Final Standard
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        Number                General industry            Construction industry           Maritime industry
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1....................  Sec.   1910.1024(d)(2)         Sec.   1926.1124(d)(2)        Sec.   1915.1024(d)(2)
                        Performance Option.            Performance Option.           Performance Option.
2....................  Sec.   1910.1024(d)(3)(i),     Sec.   1926.1124(d)(3)(i),    Sec.   1915.1024(d)(3)(i),
                        (ii), and (iii) Scheduled      (ii), and (iii) Scheduled     (ii), and (iii) Scheduled
                        Monitoring Options.            Monitoring Options.           Monitoring Options.
3....................  Sec.   1910.1024(d)(3)(iv),    Sec.   1926.1124(d)(3)(iv),   Sec.   1915.1024(d)(3)(iv),
                        (v), and (vi) Scheduled        (v), and (vi) Scheduled       (v), and (vi) Scheduled
                        Monitoring Options.            Monitoring Options.           Monitoring Options.
4....................  Sec.   1910.1024(d)(4)         Sec.   1926.1124(d)(4)        Sec.   1915.1024(d)(4)
                        Reassessment of Exposure.      Reassessment of Exposure.     Reassessment of Exposure.
5....................  Sec.   1910.1024(d)(6)(i) and  Sec.   1926.1124(d)(6)(i)     Sec.   1915.1024(d)(6)(i)
                        (ii) Employee Notification     and (ii) Employee             and (ii) Employee
                        of Assessment Results.         Notification of Assessment    Notification of Assessment
                                                       Results.                      Results.
6....................  Sec.   1910.1024(e)(2)(i) and  Sec.   1926.1124(e)(2)        Sec.   1915.1024(e)(2)
                        (ii) Demarcation of            Competent Person.             Regulated Areas--
                        Beryllium Work Areas and                                     Demarcation.
                        Regulated Areas.
7....................  Sec.   1910.1024(f)(1)(i),     Sec.   1926.1124(f)(1)(i),    Sec.   1915.1024(f)(1)(i),
                        (ii), and (iii) Methods of     (ii), and (iii) Methods of    (ii), and (iii) Methods of
                        Compliance--Written Exposure   Compliance--Written           Compliance--Written
                        Control Plan.                  Exposure Control Plan.        Exposure Control Plan.

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8....................  Sec.   1910.1024(g)(2)         Sec.   1926.1124(g)           Sec.   1915.1024(g)
                        Respiratory Protection         Respiratory Protection        Respiratory Protection
                        Program.                       Program.                      Program.
9....................  Sec.   1910.1024(h)(2)(v)      Sec.   1926.1124(h)(2)(v)     Sec.   1915.1024(h)(2)(v)
                        Personal Protective Clothing   Personal Protective           Personal Protective
                        and Equipment--Removal and     Clothing and Equipment--      Clothing and Equipment--
                        Storage.                       Removal and Storage.          Removal and Storage.
10...................  Sec.   1910.1024(h)(3)(iii)    Sec.   1926.1124(h)(3)(iii)   Sec.   1915.1024(h)(3)(iii)
                        Personal Protective Clothing   Personal Protective           Personal Protective
                        and Equipment--Cleaning and    Clothing and Equipment--      Clothing and Equipment--
                        Replacement.                   Cleaning and Replacement.     Cleaning and Replacement.
11...................  Sec.   1910.1024(j)(3)(i) and  Sec.   1926.1124(j)(3)        Sec.   1915.1024(j)(3)
                        (ii) Housekeeping--Disposal.   Housekeeping--Disposal.       Housekeeping --Disposal.
12...................  Sec.   1910.1024(k)(1), (2),   Sec.   1926.1124(k)(1), (2),  Sec.   1915.1024(k)(1), (2),
                        and (3) Medical Surveillance.  and (3) Medical               and (3) Medical
                                                       Surveillance.                 Surveillance.
13...................  Sec.   1910.1024(k)(4)         Sec.   1926.1124(k)(4)        Sec.   1915.1024(k)(4)
                        Medical Surveillance--         Medical Surveillance--        Medical Surveillance--
                        Information Provided to the    Information Provided to the   Information Provided to the
                        PLHCP.                         PLHCP.                        PLHCP.
14...................  Sec.   1910.1024(k)(5)(i),     Sec.   1926.1124(k)(5)(i),    Sec.   1915.1024(k)(5)(i),
                        (ii), and (iii) Medical        (ii), and (iii) Medical       (ii), and (iii) Medical
                        Surveillance--Licensed         Surveillance-- Licensed       Surveillance--Licensed
                        Physician's Written Medical    Physician's Written Medical   Physician's Written Medical
                        Report for the Employee.       Report for the Employee.      Report for the Employee.
15...................  Sec.   1915.1024(k)(6)         Sec.   1926.1124(k)(6)        Sec.   1915.1024(k)(6)
                        Medical Surveillance--         Medical Surveillance--        Medical Surveillance--
                        Licensed Physician's Written   Licensed Physician's          Licensed Physician's
                        Medical Opinion for the        Written Medical Opinion for   Written Medical Opinion for
                        Employer.                      the Employer.                 the Employer.
16...................  Sec.   1910.1024(k)(7)         Sec.   1926.1124(k)(7)        Sec.   1915.1024(k)(7)
                        Medical Surveillance--         Medical Surveillance--        Medical Surveillance--
                        Referral to the CBD            Referral to the CBD           Referral to the CBD
                        Diagnostic Center.             Diagnostic Center.            Diagnostic Center.
17...................  Sec.   1910.1024(l)(1) and     Sec.   1926.1124(l)(1) and    Sec.   1915.1024(l)(1) and
                        (2) Medical Removal.           (2) Medical Removal.          (2) Medical Removal.
18...................  Sec.   1910.1024(m)(1)         Sec.   1926.1124(m)(1)        Sec.   1915.1024(m)(1)
                        Communication of hazards.      Communication of hazards.     Communication of hazards.
19...................  Sec.   1910.1024(m)(2)         N/A.........................  Sec.   1915.1024(m)(2)
                        Warning Signs.                                               Warning Signs.
20...................  Sec.   1910.1024(m)(3)         Sec.   1926.1124(m)(2)        Sec.   1915.1024(m)(3)
                        Warning labels.                Warning labels.               Warning labels.
21...................  Sec.   1910.1024(m)(4)(iv)     Sec.   1926.1124(m)(3)(iv)    Sec.   1915.1024(m)(4)(iv)
                        Employee Information.          Employee Information.         Employee Information.
22...................  Sec.   1910.1024(n)(1)(i),     Sec.   1926.1124(n)(1)(i),    Sec.   1915.1024(n)(1)(i),
                        (ii), and (iii)                (ii), and (iii)               (ii), and (iii)
                        Recordkeeping--Air             Recordkeeping--Air            Recordkeeping--Air
                        Monitoring Data.               Monitoring Data.              Monitoring Data.
23...................  Sec.   1910.1024(n)(2)(i),     Sec.   1926.1124(n)(2)(i),    Sec.   1915.1024(n)(2)(i),
                        (ii), and (iii)                (ii), and (iii)               (ii), and (iii)
                        Recordkeeping--Objective       Recordkeeping--Objective      Recordkeeping--Objective
                        Data.                          Data.                         Data.
24...................  Sec.   1910.1024(n)(3)(i),     Sec.   1926.1124(n)(3)(i),    Sec.   1915.1024(n)(3)(i),
                        (ii), and (iii)                (ii), and (iii)               (ii), and (iii)
                        Recordkeeping--Medical         Recordkeeping--Medical        Recordkeeping--Medical
                        Surveillance.                  Surveillance.                 Surveillance.
25...................  Sec.   1910.1024(n)(4)(i) and  Sec.   1926.1124(n)(4)(i)     Sec.   1915.1024(n)(4)(i)
                        (ii) Recordkeeping--Training.  and (ii) Recordkeeping--      and (ii) Recordkeeping--
                                                       Training.                     Training.
                       Sec.   1910.1024(n)(5)(i) and  Sec.   1926.1124(n)(5)(i)     Sec.   1915.1024(n)(5)(i)
                        (ii) Recordkeeping--Employee   and (ii) Recordkeeping--      and (ii) Recordkeeping--
                        Access to Records.             Employee Access to Records.   Employee Access to Records.
                       Sec.   1910.1024(n)(6)         Sec.   1926.1124(n)(6)        Sec.   1915.1024(n)(6)
                        Recordkeeping--Transfer of     Recordkeeping--Transfer of    Recordkeeping--Transfer of
                        Records.                       Records.                      Records.
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    Title: Beryllium Standards for General Industry (29 CFR 1910.1024), 
Construction (29 CFR 1926.1124), and Maritime (29 CFR 1915.1024).
    Affected Public: Business and other for profit.
    Number of Responses: 246,656.
    Frequency of Response: Various.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 194,261.
    Estimated Costs (Operation and Maintenance): $46,158,266.

Authority and Signature

    Loren Sweatt, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational 
Safety and Health, directed the preparation of this rule.

    Signed at Washington, DC, on February 26, 2018.
Loren Sweatt,
Deputy 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 section 1910.8 by adding to the table, in the proper numerical 
sequence, the entry ``1910.1024'' to read as follows:


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

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                     29 CFR citation                            No.
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1910.1024...............................................       1218-0267
 
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PART 1915--[AMENDED]

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

    Authority: 33 U.S.C. 941; 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); 29 CFR part 1911; and 5 U.S.C. 553, 
as applicable.

Subpart A--General

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4. Amend section 1915.8 by adding to the table, in the proper numerical 
sequence, the entry ``1915.1024'' to read as follows:


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

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                     29 CFR citation                            No.
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1915.1024...............................................       1218-0267
 
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PART 1926--[AMENDED]

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5. The authority citation for part 1926 is revised 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), 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 ``1926.1124'' to read as follows:


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

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                     29 CFR citation                            No.
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1926.1124...............................................       1218-0267
 
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