Industry News: OSHA Solicits comments on paperwork burden of EtO standard

OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to extend OMB approval of the information collection requirements specified in the Standard on Ethylene Oxide (EtO) (29 CFR 1910.1047). The standard protects workers from adverse health effects from occupational exposure to ethylene oxide.
The EtO standard requires a fair amount of record keeping and other paper work and this solicitation is assess whether the paperwork burden is reasonable or should be modified. It only addresses paperwork, it does not address some of the more substantive policy aspects of the EtO standard.

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.

Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by March 25, 2014. See the full solicitation for details.