[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 112 (Thursday, June 11, 2015)][Notices][Pages 33294-33296]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-14294]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2011-0747]
Blasting and the Use of Explosives; Extension of the Office of
Management and Budget Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork)
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
ACTION: Request for public comments.
SUMMARY: OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to
extend the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of the
information collection requirements specified in the Standard on
Blasting and the Use of Explosives (29 CFR part 1926, subpart U).
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
August 10, 2015.
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, Docket No. OSHA-2011-0747,
Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of
Labor, 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-2011-0747) 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, Room N-3609, 200 Constitution Avenue
NW., Washington, DC 20210, telephone: (202) 693-2222.
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 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).
The Standard on Blasting and the Use of Explosives (29 CFR part
1926, subpart U) specifies a number of paperwork requirements. The
following is a brief description of the collection of information
requirements contained in the Subpart.
General Provisions (Sec. 1926.900)
Sec. 1926.900(d)--Paragraph (d) states that employers must ensure
that explosives not in use are kept in a locked magazine, unavailable
to persons not authorized to handle explosives. The employer must
maintain an inventory and use record for all explosives--in use and not
in use. In addition, the employer must notify the appropriate
authorities in the event of any loss, theft, or unauthorized entry into
Sec. 1926.900(k)(3)(i)--Paragraph (k)(3)(i) requires employers to
display adequate signs warning against the use of mobile radio
transmitters on all roads within 1,000 feet of blasting operations to
prevent the accidental discharge of electric blasting caps caused by
current induced by radar, radio transmitters, lightening, adjacent
power lines, dust storms, or other sources of extraneous electricity.
The employer must certify and maintain a record of alternative
provisions made to adequately prevent any premature firing of electric
Sec. 1926.900(o)--Employers must notify the operators and/or
owners of overhead power lines, communication lines, utility lines, or
other services and structures when blasting operations will take place
in proximity to those lines, services, or structures.
Sec. 1926.903(d)--The employer must notify the hoist operator
prior to transporting explosives or blasting agents in a shaft
Sec. 1926.903(e)--Employers must perform weekly inspections on the
electrical system of trucks used for underground transportation of
explosives. The weekly inspection is to detect any failure in the
system which would constitute an electrical hazard. The most recent
certification of inspection must be maintained and must include the
date of inspection, a serial number or other identifier of the truck
inspected, and the signature of the person who performed the
Sec. 1926.905(t)--Under Sec. 1926.905(t), the blaster must
maintain an accurate and up-to-date record of explosives, blasting
agents, and blasting supplies used in a blast. In addition, the
employer must also maintain an accurate running inventory of all
explosives and blasting agents stored for the operation.
Sec. 1926.909(a)--Employers must post a code of blasting signals
at one or more conspicuous places at the operation site. Additionally,
all employees shall familiarize themselves with the code and conform to
it at all times. Danger signs warning of blasting agents shall also be
placed at suitable locations.
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
The Agency is requesting an overall adjustment increase of 372
burden hours (from 1,294 hours to 1,666 hours). As a result of the
growth in the construction industry, OSHA increased the number of
sites, from 160 to 201, that would develop and certify an alternative
plan when signs are infeasible to prevent premature detonation. In
addition, OSHA took into account the burden for all employers to
maintain their alternative plan at the 201 sites having such plans.
These increases offset the minor reduction in burden hours resulting
from excluding burden hours for employers to provide the alternative
plans to OSHA during a compliance inspection. Such inspection
activities are not covered by the PRA (see 5 CFR 1320.4). In addition,
the Agency also increased the number of instances where trucks
transport explosives underground, from one to four jobs.
Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
Title: Blasting and the Use of Explosives (29 CFR part 1926,
OMB Control Number: 1218-0217.
Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits.
Total Number of Respondents: 201.
Frequency of Responses: On occasion.
Total Number of Responses: 818.
Average Time per Response: Time varies from 5 minutes (.08 hour) to
notify a hoist operator of blasting agents to 8 hours to develop an
alternative plan if an employer is unable to display adequate signs
warning against the use of mobile radio transmitters during blasting
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 1,666.
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 (Docket No. OSHA-2011-0747) the ICR. 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 number 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 from 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
Tips" link. Contact the OSHA Docket Office for information about
materials not available from 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 3911, January 25, 2012).
Signed at Washington, DC, on June 8, 2015.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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