MSHA - FedReg E9-19310 - Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations;
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Federal Register/Vol. 74, No. 154/Wednesday, August 12, 2009/Notices 40611 format, reporting burden (time and • Minimize the burden of the DEPARTMENT OF LABOR financial resources) is minimized, collection of information on those who Mine Safety and Health Administration collection instruments are clearly are to respond, including through the understood, and the impact of collection use of appropriate automated, Proposed Information Collection requirements on respondents can be electronic, mechanical, or other Request Submitted for Public properly assessed. technological collection techniques or Comment and Recommendations; Currently, the Mine Safety and Health other forms of information technology, Escape and Evacuation Plans Administration (MSHA) is soliciting e.g., permitting electronic submissions comments concerning the extension of of responses. ACTION: Notice. the information collection related to the A copy of the proposed information 30 CFR 57.22204, Main Fan Operation. SUMMARY: The Department of Labor, as collection request can be obtained by DATES: Submit comments on or before part of its continuing effort to reduce contacting the employee listed in the October 13, 2009. paperwork and respondent burden ADDRESSES section of this notice, or conducts a pre-clearance consultation viewed on the internet by accessing the ADDRESSES: Send comments to U.S. program to provide the general public MSHA home page (http:// Department of Labor, Mine Safety and ...

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format, reporting burden (time andMinimize the burden of theDEPARTMENT OF LABOR financial resources) is minimized,collection of information on those who collection instruments are clearlyare to respond, including through theMine Safety and Health Administration understood, and the impact of collectionuse of appropriate automated, Proposed Information Collection requirements on respondents can beelectronic, mechanical, or other Request Submitted for Public properly assessed.technological collection techniques or Comment and Recommendations; Currently, the Mine Safety and Healthother forms of information technology, Escape and Evacuation Plans Administration (MSHA) is solicitinge.g.,permitting electronic submissions comments concerning the extension ofof responses. ACTION:Notice. the information collection related to the A copy of the proposed information 30 CFR 57.22204, Main Fan Operation. collection request can be obtained bySUMMARY:The Department of Labor, as DATES:Submit comments on or beforecontacting the employee listed in thepart of its continuing effort to reduce October 13, 2009.ADDRESSESsection of this notice, orpaperwork and respondent burden conducts a preclearance consultation ADDRESSES:Send comments to U.S.viewed on the internet by accessing the program to provide the general public Department of Labor, Mine Safety andMSHA home page (http:// and Federal agencies with an Health Administration, John Rowlett,www.msha.gov/) and selecting ‘‘Rules & opportunity to comment on proposed Director, Management ServicesRegs’’, and then selecting ‘‘FedReg. and/or continuing collections of Division, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, RoomDocs’’. On the next screen, select information in accordance with the 2134, Arlington, VA 22209–3939.‘‘Paperwork Reduction Act Supporting Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 Commenters are encouraged to sendStatement’’ to view documents (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506 (c)(2)(A)]. This their comments on a computer disk, orsupporting theFederal RegisterNotice. program helps to ensure that requested via Email toRowlett.John@dol.gov. Mr. III. Current Actions data can be provided in the desired Rowlett can be reached at (202) 693– format, reporting burden (time and 9827 (voice), or (202) 693–9801Information collected through the financial resources) is minimized, (facsimile). pressurerecordings is used by the mine operator and MSHA for maintaining acollection instruments are clearly FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: constant vigil on mine ventilation, andunderstood, and the impact of collection Contact the employee listed in the to ensure that unsafe conditions arerequirements on respondents can be ADDRESSESsection of this notice. identified early and corrected.properly assessed. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Currently, the Mine Safety and Health Technical consultants may occasionally Administration (MSHA) is soliciting I. Backgroundreview the information when solving comments concerning the extension of problems. Title 30, CFR 57.22204, which is the information collection related to the Type of Review:Extension. applicable only to specific underground 30 CFR Section 77.1101; Escape and Agency:Mine Safety and Health mines that are categorized as gassy Evacuation Plans. Administration. requires main fans to have pressure DATES:Submit comments on or before recording systems. Main fans are to beTitle:Main Fan Operation and October 13, 2009. inspected daily while operating ifInspection. ADDRESSES:Send comments to U.S. persons are underground, andOMB Number:1219–0030. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and certification of the inspection is to be Recordkeeping:§ 57.22204 requires Health Administration, John Rowlett, made by signature and date. When that main fans are to be inspected daily Director, Management Services accumulations of explosive gases such while operating if persons are Division, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room as methane are not swept from the mine underground, and certification of the 2134, Arlington, VA 22209–3939. by the main fans, they may reasonably inspection is to be made by signature Commenters are encouraged to send be expected to contact an ignition and date. Certifications and pressure their comments on a computer disk, or source. The results are usually recordings are to be kept for one year via Internet Email to disastrous and multiple fatalities may be and made available to authorized Rowlett.John@dol.gov. Mr. Rowlett can expected to occur. The standard representatives of the Secretary. be reached at (202) 693–9827 (voice), or contains significantly more stringent Frequency:On Occasion. (202) 693–9801 (facsimile). requirements for main fans in ‘‘gassy’’ Affected Public:Business or other for FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:The mines than for main fans in other mines. profit. employee listed in theADDRESSESII. Desired Focus of CommentsRespondents:6. section of this notice. Total Responses:3,960. MSHA is particularly interested inSUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: comments that:Total Burden Hours:1,980 hours. I. Background Evaluate whether the proposed Total Burden Cost:$1,200. collection of information is necessarySection 77.1101(a) requires operators Comments submitted in response to for the proper performance of theof surface coal mines and surface work this notice will be summarized and/or functions of the agency, includingareas of underground coal mines to included in the request for Office of whether the information will haveestablish and keep current a specific Management and Budget approval of the practical utility;escape and evacuation plan to be information collection request; they will followed in the event of a fire.Evaluate the accuracy of the also become a matter of public record. agency’s estimate of the burden of theSection 77.1101(b) requires that all Dated at Arlington, Virginia, this 7th day proposed collection of information,employees be instructed in current of August 2009. including the validity of theescape and evacuation plans, fire alarm John Rowlett, methodology and assumptions used;signals, and applicable procedures to be Director, Management Services Division. followed in case of fire. The trainingEnhance the quality, utility, and [FR Doc. E9–19308 Filed 8–11–09; 8:45 am] clarity of the information to beand record keeping requirements collected; andBILLING CODE 4510–43–Passociated with this standard are
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addressed under OMB No. 1219–0070 (Certificate of Training, MSHA Form 5000–23). Section 77.1101(c) requires escape and evacuation plans to include the designation and proper maintenance of an adequate means for exiting areas where persons are required to work or travel including buildings, equipment, and areas where persons normally congregate during the work shift. While escape and evacuation plans are not subject to approval by MSHA district managers, MSHA inspectors evaluate the adequacy of the plans during their inspections of surface coal mines and surface work areas of underground coal mines.
II. Desired Focus of Comments
MSHA is particularly interested in comments that: Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses. A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the employee listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACTsection of this notice, or viewed on the Internet by accessing the MSHA home page (http://www.msha.gov/) and selecting ‘‘Rules & Regs’’, and then selecting ‘‘FedReg. Docs’’. On the next screen, select ‘‘Paperwork Reduction Act Supporting Statement’’ to view documents supporting theFederal RegisterNotice.
III. Current Actions
MSHA proposes to continue the information collection requirement related to escape and evacuation plans for surface coal mines and surface work areas of underground coal mines for an additional 3 years. MSHA believes that eliminating these requirements would expose miners to unnecessary risk of
injury or death should a fire occur at orDATES:Submit comments on or before near their work location.October 13, 2009. Type of Review:Extension. ADDRESSES:Send comments to U.S. Agency:Mine Safety and Health Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Administration. Health Administration, John Rowlett, Title:Escape and Evacuation Plans. Director, Management Services OMB Number:1219–0051. Division, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room Frequency:On Occasion. 2134, Arlington, VA 22209–3939. Affected Public:Business or other for Commenters are encouraged to send profit. their comments on a computer disk, or Respondents:351. via email toRowlett.John@dol.gov.Mr. Responses:351. Total Burden Hours:Rowlett can be reached at (202) 693–1,695 hours. Total Burden Cost (operating/9827 (voice), or (202) 693–9801 maintaining):$0. (facsimile). Comments submitted in response to FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: this notice will be summarized and/or Contact the employee listed in the included in the request for Office of ‘‘ADDRESSES’’ section of this notice. Management and Budget approval of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: information collection request; they will also become a matter of public record. I. Background Dated at Arlington, Virginia, this 7th day § 77.1901 requires operators to of August 2009. conduct examinations of slope and shaft John Rowlett, areas for hazardous conditions, Director, Management Services Division. including tests for methane and oxygen [FR Doc. E9–19310 Filed 8–11–09; 8:45 am]deficiency, within 90 minutes before BILLING CODE 4510–43–Peach shift, once during each shift, and before and after blasting. The surface area surrounding each slope and shaft is DEPARTMENT OF LABOR also required to be inspected for hazards. Mine Safety and Health Administration § 77.1901 also requires that records be kept of the results of the inspections. Proposed Information Collection The record includes a description of any Request hazardous condition found and the corrective action taken to abate it. These ACTION:Notice. Proposed information records are necessary to ensure that the collection request submitted for public inspections and tests are conducted in comment and recommendations; a timely fashion and that corrective Records of Preshift and Onshift action is taken when hazardous Inspections of Slope and Shaft Areas conditions are identified, thereby (pertains to slope and shaft sinking ensuring a safe working environment for operation at coal mines). the slope and shaft sinking employees. SUMMARY:The Department of Labor, as The record is maintained at the mine part of its continuing effort to reduce site for the duration of the operation. paperwork and respondent burden II. Desired Focus of Comments conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the general publicMSHA is particularly interested in and Federal agencies with ancomments that: opportunity to comment on proposedEvaluate whether the proposed and/or continuing collections ofcollection of information is necessary information in accordance with thefor the proper performance of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995functions of the agency, including (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. Thiswhether the information will have program helps to ensure that requestedpractical utility; data can be provided in the desiredEvaluate the accuracy of the format, reporting burden (time andagency’s estimate of the burden of the financial resources) is minimized,proposed collection of information, collection instruments are clearlyincluding the validity of the understood, and the impact of collectionmethodology and assumptions used; requirements on respondents can beEnhance the quality, utility, and properly assessed.clarity of the information to be Currently, the Mine Safety and Healthcollected; and Administration (MSHA) is solicitingMinimize the burden of the comments concerning the extension ofcollection of information on those who the information collection related to theare to respond, including through the 30 CFR sections 77.1901—Records ofuse of appropriate automated, Preshift and Onshift Inspections ofelectronic, mechanical, or other Slope and Shaft Areas.technological collection techniques or
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