[Federal Register: August 16, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 158)]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2007-0019]
Storage and Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia Standard; Extension of
the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information
Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
ACTION: Request for public comment.
SUMMARY: OSHA solicits comments concerning its proposal to extend OMB
approval of the information collection requirements contained in the
Standard on the Storage and Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia (29 CFR
1910.111). Paragraphs (b)(3) and (b)(4) of the Standard have paperwork
requirements that apply to nonrefrigerated containers and systems, and
refrigerated containers, respectively; employers use these containers
and systems to store and transfer anhydrous ammonia in the workplace.
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
October 15, 2007.
Electronically: You may submit comments and attachments
electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal
eRulemaking Portal. Follow the instructions online for submitting
Facsimile: If your comments, including attachments, are not longer
than 10 pages, you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-
Mail, hand delivery, express mail, messenger, or courier service:
When using this method, you must submit three copies of your comments
and attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA-2007-0019,
U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health
Administration, Room N-2625, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington,
DC 20210. Deliveries (hand, express mail, messenger, and courier
service) are accepted during the Department of Labor's and Docket
Office's normal business hours, 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., EST.
Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and OSHA
docket number for the ICR (OSHA-2007-0019). All comments, including any
personal information you provide, are placed in the public docket
without change, and may be made available online at http://www.regulations.gov.
For further information on submitting comments see the "Public Participation"
heading in the section of this notice titled SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Docket: To read or download comments or other material in the
docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov or the OSHA Docket Office at
the address above. All documents in the docket (including this Federal
Register notice) are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index;
however, some information (e.g., copyrighted material) is not publicly
available to read or download through the Web site. All submissions,
including copyrighted material, are available for inspection and
copying at the OSHA Docket Office. You may also contact Theda Kenney at
the address below to obtain a copy of the ICR.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Theda Kenney or Todd Owen, Directorate
of Standards and Guidance, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-3609,
200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202)
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce
paperwork and respondent (i.e., employer) burden, conducts a
preclearance consultation program to provide the public with an
opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing information
collection requirements in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act
of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). This program ensures that
information is in the desired format, reporting burden (time and costs)
is minimal, collection instruments are clearly understood, and OSHA's
estimate of the information collection burden is accurate. The
Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (the OSH Act) (29 U.S.C. 651
et seq.) authorizes information collection by employers as necessary or
appropriate for enforcement of the Act or for developing information
regarding the causes and prevention of occupational injuries,
illnesses, and accidents (29 U.S.C. 657). The OSH Act also requires
that OSHA obtain such information with minimum burden upon employers,
especially those operating small businesses, and to reduce to the
maximum extent feasible unnecessary duplication of efforts in obtaining
information (29 U.S.C. 657).
Paragraph (b)(3) of the Standard specifies that containers and
systems have nameplates if required, and that these nameplates "be
permanently attached to the system (as specified by paragraph
(b)(3)(ii)(j)) so as to be readily accessible for inspection * * * ."
In addition, this paragraph requires that markings on containers and
systems covered by paragraphs (c) ("Systems utilizing stationary,
nonrefrigerated storage containers"), (f) ("Tank motor vehicles for
the transportation of ammonia"), (g) ("Systems mounted on farm
vehicles other than for the application of ammonia"), and (h)
("Systems mounted on farm vehicles for the application of ammonia")
provide information regarding nine specific characteristics of the
containers and systems. Similarly, paragraph (b)(4) of the Standard
specifies that refrigerated containers be marked with a nameplate on
the outer covering in an accessible place which provides information
regarding eight specific characteristics of the container.
The required markings ensure that employers use only properly
designed and tested containers and systems to store anhydrous ammonia,
thereby preventing accidental release of, and exposure of employees to,
this highly toxic and corrosive substance. In addition, these
requirements provide the most efficient means for an OSHA compliance
officer to ensure that the containers and systems are safe.
II. Special Issues for Comment
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
Ways to minimize the burden on employers who must comply;
for example, by using automated or other technological information
collection and transmission techniques.
III. Proposed Actions
OSHA is requesting that OMB extend its approval of the information
collection requirements contained in the Standard on the Storage and
Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia (29 CFR 1910.111). The Agency is
requesting to retain its current burden hour estimate associated with
this Standard at 345 hours. The Agency will summarize the comments
submitted in response to this notice and will include this summary in
the request to OMB.
Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
Title: Storage and Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia Standard (29 CFR
1910.111(b)(3) and (b)(4)).
OMB Number: 1218-0208.
Affected Public: Farms.
Number of Respondents: 2,030.
Frequency: On occasion.
Average Time Per Response: 10 minutes (.17 hour) for an employee to
replace or revise markings on ammonia containers.
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 345.
Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $0.
IV. Public Participation--Submission of Comments on This Notice and
Internet Access to Comments and Submissions
You may submit comments in response to this document as follows:
(1) Electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal
eRulemaking Portal; (2) by facsimile (FAX); or (3) by hard copy. All
comments, attachments, and other material must identify the Agency name
and the OSHA docket number for the ICR (Docket No. OSHA-2007-0019).
You may supplement electronic submissions by uploading document files
electronically. If you wish to mail additional materials in reference
to an electronic or facsimile submission, you must submit them to the
OSHA Docket Office (see the section of this notice titled ADDRESSES).
The additional materials must clearly identify your electronic comments
by your name, date, and the docket number so the Agency can attach them
to your comments.
Because of security procedures, the use of regular mail may cause a
significant delay in the receipt of comments. For information about
security procedures concerning the delivery of materials by hand,
express delivery, messenger, or courier service, please contact the
OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-2350 (TTY (877) 889-5627).
Comments and submissions are posted without change at http://www.regulations.gov.
Therefore, OSHA cautions commenters about submitting personal information
such as social security numbers and date of birth. Although all submissions
are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index,
some information (e.g., copyrighted material) is not publicly available
to read or download through this Web site. All submissions, including
copyrighted material, are available for inspection and copying at the
OSHA Docket Office. Information on using the http://www.regulations.gov
Web site to submit comments and access the docket is available at the
Web site's "User Tips" link. Contact the OSHA Docket Office for
information about materials not available through the Web site, and
for assistance in using the Internet to locate docket submissions.
V. Authority and Signature
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., 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 et seq.) and Secretary of Labor's Order No. 5-2002 (67 FR
Signed at Washington, DC, on August 9, 2007.
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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