[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 76 (Thursday, April 19, 2018)]
  [Pages 17447-17448]
  From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
  [FR Doc No: 2018-08236]
  Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  [Docket No. OSHA-2011-0747]
  Blasting and the Use of Explosives; 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 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.
  DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by 
  June 18, 2018.
      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-3653, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20210. 
  Deliveries (hand, express mail, messenger, and courier service) are 
  accepted during the 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 (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 above address. 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 website. All submissions, 
  including copyrighted material, are available for inspection and 
  copying at the OSHA Docket Office. You may also contact Theda Kenney at 
  the number below to obtain a copy of the ICR.
  FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Charles McCormick or Theda Kenney, 
  Directorate of Standards and Guidance, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, 
  telephone: (202) 693-2222.
  I. Background
      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) (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 employers must 
  maintain an inventory and use record of 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 
  a magazine.
      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, lighting, 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 blasting 
      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)--The employer blaster must maintain an accurate 
  and up-to-date record of explosives, blasting agents, and blasting 
  supplies used in a blast. The employer must also maintain an accurate 
  running inventory of all explosives and blasting agents stored on the 
      Sec.  1926.909(a)--Employers must post a code of blasting agents on 
  one or more conspicuous places at the operation. All employees also 
  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 
  collected; and
       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 to maintain its current burden hours of 
      Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
      Title: Blasting and the Use of Explosives (29 CFR part 1926, 
  subpart U).
      OMB Control Number: 1218-0217.
      Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits.
      Number of Respondents: 201.
      Number of Responses: 818.
      Frequency of Responses: On occasion.
      Average Time per Response: Various.
      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 the ICR (Docket No. OSHA-2011-0747). 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 
  dates 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 
  website. All submissions, including copyrighted material, are available 
  for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office.
      Information on using the http://www.regulations.gov website to 
  submit comments and access the docket is available at the website's 
  ``User Tips'' link. Contact the OSHA Docket Office for information 
  about materials not available through the website, and for assistance 
  in using the internet to locate docket submissions.
  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 
      Signed at Washington, DC, on April 16, 2018.
  Loren Sweatt,
  Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
  [FR Doc. 2018-08236 Filed 4-18-18; 8:45 am]
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