[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 214 (Tuesday, November 9, 2021)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-24500]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2011-0747]
Standard on Blasting Operations and the Use of Explosives; Office
of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Labor.
ACTION: Request for public comment.
SUMMARY: OSHA solicits public comments concerning the proposal to the
Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of the information
collection requirements specified in the Standard on Blasting
Operations and the Use of Explosives.
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
January 10, 2022.
Electronically: You may submit comments, including attachments,
electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal eRulemaking
Portal. Follow the instructions online for submitting comments.
Docket: To read or download comments or other material in the
docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov. Documents in the docket 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 website. All submissions, including
copyrighted material, are available for inspection through the OSHA
Docket Office. Contact the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-2350 (TTY
(877) 889-5627) for assistance in locating docket submissions.
Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and the
OSHA docket number for this Federal Register notice (OSHA-2011-0747).
OSHA will place comments and requests to speak, including personal
information, in the public docket, which may be available online.
Therefore, OSHA cautions interested parties about submitting personal
information such as Social Security numbers and birthdates. For further
information on submitting comments, see the ``Public Participation''
heading in the section of this notice titled SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Seleda Perryman or Theda Kenney,
Directorate of Standards and Guidance, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor,
telephone (202) 693-2222.
The Department of Labor, as part of the 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 accordance 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 (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 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
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
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 approve the information collection
requirements contained in the OSHA Standard on Blasting and the Use of
Explosives (29 CFR part 1926, subpart U).
Type of Review: Extension of currently approved collection.
Title: Blasting and the Use of Explosives (29 CFR part 1926,
OMB Control Number: 1218-0217.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profits.
Number of Respondents: 193.
Frequency of Responses: On occasion.
Average Time per Response: Various.
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 1,602.
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) at (202) 693-1648; or (3) by
hard copy. All comments, attachments, and other materials 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. Please note: While OSHA's Docket Office
is continuing to accept and process submissions by regular mail, due to
the COVID-19 pandemic, the Docket Office is closed to the public and
not able to receive submissions to the docket by hand, express mail,
messenger, and courier service. 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.
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
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
James S. Frederick, Acting 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 November 2, 2021.
James S. Frederick,
Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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