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OSHA Seeks Comment on Request for Increase in Burden-Hour Estimates for Information Collected Using OSHA-7 Form

The OSHA-7 Form was developed to standardize and simplify the hazard-reporting process. If employees and their representatives believe that OSHA-regulated hazards exist in their workplace, they must provide the Agency with specific, written information, for which the OSHA-7 Form may be used. The OSHA-7 Form can be completed in many ways. It may be obtained and sent on-line from the Agency's website, and it can also be sent by mail or by facsimile. In addition, information may be provided orally to the OSHA area office, in which case the area office completes the hard copy version of the form. Based on the information on the form, OSHA determines whether or not reasonable grounds exist to conduct an inspection of the workplace.

OSHA states that it has a particular interest in comments on the following four issues regarding this increase in information collected: "1) whether the proposed information-collection requirements are necessary for the proper performance of the Agency's functions, including whether the information is useful; 2) the accuracy of OSHA's estimate of the burden (time and cost) of the information-collection requirements, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; 3) the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collection; and 4) ways to minimize the burden". OSHA says that it will summarize the comments received in response to its request and will include this summary in its request to OMB to extend its approval of these information-collection requirements.

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