[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 159 (Friday, August 18, 2017)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-17505]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2011-0028]
Grain Handling Facilities; Extension of the Office of Management
and Budget's (OMB) 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 contained in the standard on Grain
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
October 17, 2017.
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-2011-0028,
U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health
Administration, Room N-3653, 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, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., e.t.
Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and the
OSHA docket number for the Information Collection Request (ICR) (OSHA-
2011-0028). 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: Todd Owen or Theda Kenney, 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 (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 effort in obtaining information (29
The Grain Handling Facilities Standard specifies a number of
paperwork requirements. The following sections describe who uses the
information collected under each requirement as well as how they use
it. The purpose of the requirements is to reduce employees' risk of
death or serious injury while working in grain handling facilities.
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)(1)(ii) requires that the employer de-energize,
disconnect, lockout and tag, block off or otherwise prevent operation
of all mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, and pneumatic equipment which
presents a danger to employees inside grain storage structures.
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
and work area, and to
explain to the contractor the applicable provisions of the emergency
Paragraph (j)(1) requires the employer to develop and implement a
written housekeeping program that establishes the frequency and
method(s) determined to best reduce accumulations of fugitive grain
dust on ledges, floors, equipment, and other exposed surfaces.
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 filter collectors, and bucket elevators.
Paragraph (m)(3) requires a certification be maintained of each
inspection. Paragraph (m)(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.
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 Grain Handling
Facilities (29 CFR 1910.272). The Agency is requesting a reduction in
the current burden hours from 68,782 to 24,392 (difference of 44,390
hours). This decrease is due to the reduction of grain handling
facilities from 9,025 to 5,500. The Agency will summarize any 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: Grain Handling Facilities Standard (29 CFR 1910.272).
OMB Control Number: 1218-0206.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profits.
Number of Respondents: 47,007.
Frequency of Responses: On occasion.
Average Time per Response: Various.
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 24,392.
Total Responses: 514,721.
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-2011-0028). 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
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
from the Web site, and for assistance in using the Internet to locate
V. Authority and Signature
Loren Sweatt, Deputy 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
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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