[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 248 (Thursday, December 26, 2013)][Notices][Pages 78393-78395]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-30702]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2010-0050]
Standard on the Storage and Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia;
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 comments.
SUMMARY: OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to
extend OMB approval of the information collection requirements
specified in the Storage and Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia Standard (29
CFR 1910.111). Paragraphs (b)(3) and (b)(4) of the Standard have
paperwork requirements that apply to non-refrigerated containers and
systems and refrigerated containers, respectively; employers use these
containers and systems to store and transfer anhydrous ammonia in the
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
February 24, 2014.
ADDRESSES: 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 a copy of your comments and
attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, OSHA Docket No. OSHA-2010-0050,
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., e.t.
Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and the
OSHA docket number (OSHA-2010-0050) for the Information Collection
Request (ICR). 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 from 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) 693-
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 accord with the Paperwork Reduction Act of
1995 (PRA-95) (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 OSH 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 OSHA to 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 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 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 workers 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
cost) 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 specified in the Anhydrous Ammonia Standard (29
CFR 1910.111). The Agency is requesting that it retain its previous
estimate of 345 burden hours associated with this Standard. 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: Standard on the Storage and Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia
(29 CFR 1910.111).
OMB Number: 1218-0208.
Affected Public: Farms.
Number of Respondents: 203,000.
Frequency of Responses: On occasion.
Total Responses: 2,030.
Average Time per Response: 10 minutes (.17 hour) for a worker 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-2010-0050). 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
David Michaels, Ph.D., MPH, 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. 1-2012
(77 FR 3912).
Signed at Washington, DC, on December 18, 2013.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2013-30702 Filed 12-24-13; 8:45 am]
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