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The purpose of the Lead in Construction Standard and its information collection requirements is to reduce occupational lead exposure in the construction industry. Lead exposure can result in both acute and chronic effects and can be fatal in severe cases of lead toxicity. Some of the health effects associated with lead exposure include brain disorders which can lead to seizures, coma, and death; anemia; neurological problems; high blood pressure; kidney problems; reproductive problems; and decreased red blood cell production. The Standard requires that employers: Establish and maintain a training program; review the compliance program annually; provide exposure monitoring and medical surveillance programs; and maintain exposure monitoring and medical surveillance records. The records are used by employees, physicians, employers and OSHA to determine the effectiveness of the employer's compliance efforts. The Standard seeks to reduce disease by requiring exposure monitoring to determine if lead exposures are too high, by requiring medical surveillance to determine if employee blood lead levels are too high, and by requiring treatment to reduce blood lead levels.
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 an adjustment increase in burden hours from 1,363,802 to 1,425,907 (a total increase of 62,105 hours). The adjustment is primarily due to estimated increases in the number of firms, based on updated data and estimates.
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David Michaels, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, directed the preparation of this notice. The authority for this notice is the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3506