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    Submission for OMB Review: Comment Request
[Federal Register: February 17, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 32)][Notices]               From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Office of the Secretary

Submission for OMB Review: Comment Request

February 11, 2005.
    The Department of Labor (DOL) has submitted the following public 
information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. chapter 35). A copy of 
this ICR, with applicable supporting documentation, may be obtained by 
contacting Darrin King on 202-693-4129 (this is not a toll-free number) 
or e-mail: king.darrin@dol.gov.
    Comments should be sent to Office of Information and Regulatory 
Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for the Occupational Safety and Health 
Administration (OSHA), Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, 
Washington, DC 20503, 202-395-7316 (this is not a toll-free number), 
within 30 days from the date of this publication in the Federal 
    The OMB is particularly interested in comments which:
     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 submission of responses.
    Agency: Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
    Type of Review: Extension of currently approved collection.
    Title: Grain Handling Facilities (29 CFR 1910.272).
    OMB Number: 1218-0206.
    Frequency: On occasion and Annually.
    Type of Response: Recordkeeping and Third party disclosure.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit; Not-for-profit 
institutions; Federal Government; and State, local, or tribal 
    Number of Respondents: 19,791.
    Number of Annual Responses: 1,406,486.
    Estimated Time Per Response: Varies from 2 minutes to affix a tag 
on deenergized equipment to 3 hours to develop or modify procedures for 
tags and locks.
    Total Burden Hours: 73,572.
    Total Annualized capital/startup costs: $0.
    Total Annual Costs (operating/maintaining systems or purchasing 
services): $0.
    Description: The Grain Handling Facilities Standard (the Standard) 
(29 CFR 1910.272) specifies several paperwork requirements. The 
following sections describe what information is collected under each 
requirement, who uses the information, and how they use it.
    Paragraph (d) of the standard requires the employer to develop and 
implement an emergency action plan so that employees will be aware of 
the appropriate actions to take in the event of an emergency.
    Paragraph (e)(1) requires that employers provide training to 
employees at least annually and when changes in job assignment will 
expose them to new hazards.
    Paragraph (f)(1) requires the employer to issue a permit for all 
hot work. Under paragraph (f)(2) the permit shall certify that the 
requirements contained in 1910.272(a) have been implemented prior to 
beginning the hot work operations and shall be kept on file until 
completion of the hot work operation.
    Paragraph (g)(1)(i) requires the employer to issue a permit for 
entering bins, silos, or tanks unless the employer or the employer's 
representative is present during the entire operation. The permit shall 
certify that the precautions contained in paragraph (g) have been 
implemented prior to employees entering bins, silos or tanks and shall 
be kept on file until completion of the entry operations.
    Paragraph (g)(4) requires the employer to implement procedures for 
the use of tags and locks which will prevent the inadvertent 
application of energy or motion to equipment being repaired, serviced, 
or adjusted.
    Paragraphs (i)(1) and (i)(2) require the employer to inform 
contractors performing work at the grain handling facility of known 
potential fire and explosion hazards related to the contractor's work 
area and to explain to the contractor the applicable provisions of the 
emergency action plan.
    Paragraph (j)(1) requires the employer to develop and implement a 
written housekeeping program that establishes the frequency and 
method(s) determined best to reduce accumulations of fugitive grain 
dust on ledges, floors, equipment, and other exposed surfaces.
    The purpose of the housekeeping program is to require employers to 
have a planned course of action for the control and reduction of dust 
in grain handling facilities reducing the fuel available in a grain 
facility. The housekeeping program must specify in writing the 
frequency that housekeeping will be performed and the dust control 
methods that the employer believes will best reduce dust accumulations 
in the facility.
    Under paragraph (m)(1), the employer is required to implement 
preventive maintenance procedures consisting of regularly scheduled 
inspections of at least the mechanical and safety control equipment 
associated with dryers, grain stream processing equipment, dust 
collection equipment including filer collectors, and bucket elevators. 
Paragraph (m)(3) requires a certification be maintained of each 

Darrin A. King,
Acting Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 05-3075 Filed 2-16-05; 8:45 am]