Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) - FedReg E7-23942 -  Proposed Information Collection Request
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Federal Register/Vol. 72, No. 237/Tuesday, December 11, 2007/Notices 70349 Dated at Arlington, Virginia, this 6th day along with data from MSHA Form whether the information will have of December, 2007. 7000–2, to compute incidence and practical utility; David L. Meyer, severity rates for various injury types. • Evaluate the accuracy of the These rates are used to analyze trends Director, Office of Administration and agency’s estimate of the burden of the Management. and to assess the degree of success of proposed collection of information, the health and safety efforts of MSHA [FR Doc. E7–23941 Filed 12–10–07; 8:45 am] including the validity of the and the mining industry. BILLING CODE 4510–43–P methodology and assumptions used; Accident, injury, and illness data • Enhance the quality, utility, and when correlated with employment and clarity of the information to be DEPARTMENT OF LABOR production data provide information collected; and that allows MSHA to improve its safety • Minimize the burden of the Mine Safety and Health Administration and health enforcement programs, focus collection of information on those who its education and training efforts, and are to respond, including through the Proposed Information Collection establish priorities for its technical use of appropriate automated, Request; Submitted for Public assistance activities in mine safety and electronic, mechanical, or other Comment and Recommendations; health. Maintaining a current ...

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Federal Register/ Vol.72, No. 237/ Tuesday,December 11, 2007/ Notices
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Dated at Arlington, Virginia, this 6th day along with data from MSHA Formwhether the information will have of December, 2007. 7000practical utility;2, to compute incidence and David L. Meyer, severity rates for various injury types. Evaluate the accuracy of the These rates are used to analyze trendsDirector, Office of Administration and agencys estimate of the burden of the Management. and to assess the degree of success of proposed collection of information, the health and safety efforts of MSHA[FR Doc. E723941 Filed 121007; 8:45 am] including the validity of the and the mining industry.BILLING CODE 451043P methodology and assumptions used; Accident, injury, and illness data Enhance the quality, utility, and when correlated with employment and clarity of the information to be DEPARTMENT OF LABOR production data provide information collected; and that allows MSHA to improve its safety Minimize the burden of the Mine Safety and Health Administration and health enforcement programs, focus collection of information on those who its education and training efforts, and are to respond, including through the Proposed Information Collection establish priorities for its technical use of appropriate automated, Request; Submitted for Public assistance activities in mine safety and electronic, mechanical, or other Comment and Recommendations; health. Maintaining a current database technological collection techniques or Qualification/Certification Program and allows MSHA to identify and direct other forms of information technology, Man Hoist Operators Physical Fitness increased attention to those mines, e.g., permitting electronic submissions industry segments, and geographical ACTION:Notice. of responses. areas where hazardous trends are A copy of the proposed information SUMMARY:The Department of Labor, as developing. This could not be done collection request can be obtained by part of its continuing effort to reduce effectively utilizing historical data. The contacting the employee listed in the paperwork and respondent burden, information collected under Part 50 is ADDRESSESsection of this notice or conducts a preclearance consultation the most comprehensive and reliable viewed on the internet by accessing the program to provide the general public occupational data available concerning MSHA home page (http:// and Federal agencies with an the mining industry. www.msha.gov/) and selecting‘‘Rules opportunity to comment on proposed Section 103(d) of the Federal Mine and Regs,’’and then selecting‘‘Fed Reg and/or continuing collections of Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Docs.’’information in accordance with the Act) mandates that each accident be Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 investigated by the operator toIII. Current Actions (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This determine the cause and means of This request for collection of program helps ensure that requested preventing a recurrence. Records of information contains provisions data is provided in the desired format, such accidents and investigations shall whereby persons may be temporarily reporting burden (time and financial be kept and made available to the qualified or certified to perform tests resources) is minimized, collection Secretary or his authorized and examinations; requiring specialized instruments are clearly understood, and representative and the appropriate State expertise; related to miner safety and the impact of collection requirements on agency. Section 103(h) requires health at coal mines. respondents can be properly assessed. operators to keep any records and make Type of Review:Extension. DATES:Submit comments on or before any reports that are reasonably Agency:Mine Safety and Health necessary for MSHA to perform itsFebruary 11, 2008. Administration. duties under the Mine Act. SectionADDRESSES:Send comments to Debbie Title:Mine Accident, Injury, and 103(j) of the Mine Act requires operatorsFerraro, Records Management Branch, Illness Report and Quarterly Mine to notify MSHA of the occurrence of an1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2171, Employment and Coal Production accident and to take appropriateArlington, VA 222093939. Commenters Report. measures to preserve any evidenceare encouraged to send their comments which would assist in the investigationOMB Number:12190007. oncomputer disk, or via Email to into the cause or causes of the accident.Form(s):MSHA 70001 and MSHAferraro.debbie@dol.gov. Ms. Ferraro can Data collected through MSHA Form7000reached at (202) 6932. be9821 (voice), or 70001 and MSHA Form 70002 enable(202) 6939801 (facsimile). Frequency:Quarterly and On MSHA to publish timely quarterly andFOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Occasion. annual statistics, reflecting currentContact the employee listed in the Affected Public:Business or other for safety and health conditions in theADDRESSESsection of this notice. profit. mining industry. These data are used SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Respondents:22,295. not only by MSHA, but also by other Responses:139,903. I. Background Federal and State agencies, health and Estimated Time per Response:30 safety researchers, and the miningPersons performing tasks and certain minutes for hardcopy filings and 15 community to assist in measuring andrequired examinations at coal mines minutes for Form 700002 electronic comparing the results of health andrelated to miner safety and health, filings. safety efforts both in the United Stateswhich require specialized training, Total Burden Hours:270,666. and internationally.experience, and physical qualifications, Total Burden Cost (operating/ are required to be either‘‘certified’’or II. Desired Focus of Comments maintaining):$31,993. ‘‘qualified’’. The regulations recognized MSHA is particularly interested inComments submitted in response toState certification and qualification comments that:this notice will be summarized and/orprograms. However, under the Federal Evaluate whether the proposedincluded in the request for Office ofMine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and collection of information is necessaryManagement and Budget approval of theMSHA standards, where State programs for the proper performance of theinformation collection request; they willdo not exist, MSHA may certify and functions of the agency, includingalso become a matter of public record.qualify persons for as long as they
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Federal RegisterDecember 11, 2007/ Notices72, No. 237/ Tuesday,/ Vol.
Dated at Arlington, Virginia, this 6th day continue to satisfy the requirementsparticularly interested in comments of December, 2007. needed to obtain the certification orthat: David L. Meyer, qualification, fulfill any applicable Evaluate whether the proposed retraining requirements, and remainedDirector, Office of Administration and collection of information is necessary employed at the same mine or by theManagement. for the proper performance of the same independent contractor.[FR Doc. E723942 Filed 121007; 8:45 am] functions of the agency, including Applications for Secretarial BILLING CODE 451043P whether the information will have qualification or certification are practical utility; submitted to the MSHA Qualification Evaluate the accuracy of the and Certification Unit in Denver,DEPARTMENT OF LABOR agencys estimate of the burden of the Colorado. Form 500041 provides the proposed collection of information, coal mining industry with aMine Safety and Health Administration including the validity of the standardized reporting format that methodology and assumptions used; Petitions for Modification expedited the certification and Enhance the quality, utility, and qualification process while ensuring AGENCY:Mine Safety and Health clarity of the information to be compliance with the regulations. MSHA Administration, Labor. collected; and uses the forms information to ACTION:Notice of petitions for determine if applicants satisfy theMinimize the burden of the modification of existing mandatory requirements to obtain the certificationcollection of information on those who safety standards. or qualification sought. Persons mustare to respond, including through the meet certain minimum experienceuse of appropriate automated,SUMMARY:Section 101(c) of the Federal requirements depending on the type ofelectronic, mechanical, or otherMine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and certification or qualification.technological collection techniques or30 CFR Part 44 govern the application, Sections 75.155 and 77.105 of Title 30 other forms of information technology, processing, and disposition of petitions of the CFR explain the qualifications to e.g., permitting electronic submissions for modification. This notice is a be a qualified hoisting engineer or a of responses. summary of petitions for modification qualified hoist man on a slope or shaft A copy of the proposed informationfiled by the parties listed below to sinking operation. Sections 75.100 and collection request can be obtained bymodify the application of existing 77.100 pertain to the certification of contacting the employee listed in themandatory safety standards published certain persons to perform specific ADDRESSESsection of this notice orin Title 30 of the Code of Federal examinations and tests. Under viewed on the internet by accessing theRegulations. §§75.160, 75.161, 77.107 and 77.1071, MSHA home page (http:// DATES:All comments on the petitions the mine operator must have an www.msha.gov/) and selecting‘‘Rules must be received by the Office of approved training plan developed to and Regs’’, and then selecting‘‘Fed Reg Standards, Regulations, and Variances train and retrain the qualified and Docs.’’on or before January 10, 2008. certified people to effectively perform their tasks.III. Current ActionsADDRESSES:You may submit your Sections 75.159 and 77.106 requirescomments, identified by‘‘docket This request for collection of the operator of a mine to maintain a listnumber’’on the subject line, by any of information contains provisions of all certified and qualified personsthe following methods: whereby persons may be temporarily designated to perform certain duties,1.Electronic mail: Standards qualified or certified to perform tests which require specialized expertise atPetitions@dol.gov. and examinations requiring specialized underground and surface coal mines,2.Facsimile:12026939441. expertise related to inner safety and i.e., conduct test for methane and3.Regular Mail:MSHA, Office of health at coal mines. oxygen deficiency, conduct tests of airStandards, Regulations, and Variances, flow, perform electrical work, repairType of Review:Wilson Boulevard, Room 2349,Extension. 1100 Arlington, Virginia 22209, Attention: energized surface highvoltage lines,Agency:Mine Safety and Health Patricia W. Silvey, Director, Office of and perform duties of hoisting engineer.Administration. The recorded information is necessaryStandards, Regulations, and Variances. Title:Qualification/Certification 4.HandDelivery or Courier:MSHA, to ensure that only persons who are Program and Man Hoist Operators Office of Standards, Regulations, and properly trained and have the required Physical Fitness. Variances, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, number of years of experience are OMB Number:12190127. Room 2349, Arlington, Virginia 22209, permitted to perform these duties. Frequency:Quarterly and on Attention: Patricia W. Silvey, Director, MSHA does not specify a format for the occasion. Office of Standards, Regulations, and recordkeeping; however, it normally Affected Public:Business or other forVariances. consists of the names of the certified profit. Wewill consider only comments and qualified person listed in two postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service or columns on a sheet of paper. OneNumber of Respondents:1,721. proof of delivery from another delivery column is for certified persons and the Recordkeeping:One year. service such as UPS or Federal Express other is for qualified persons. Total Burden Hours:15,355. on or before the deadline for comments. II. Desired Focus of Comments Total Burden Cost (operating/ Individuals who submit comments by maintaining):$8,047. Currently, the Mine Safety and Healthhanddelivery are required to check in Administration (MSHA) is solicitingComments submitted in response toat the receptionist desk on the 21st comments concerning the proposedthis notice will be summarized and/orfloor. extension of the information collectionincluded in the request for Office ofIndividuals may inspect copies of the requirement related to the Qualification/Management and Budget approval of thepetitions and comments during normal Certification Program and Man Hoistinformation collection request; they willbusiness hours at the address listed Operators Physical Fitness. MSHA isalso become a matter of public record.above.
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