[Federal Register Volume 88, Number 207 (Friday, October 27, 2023)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2023-23754]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2010-0050]
The Anhydrous Ammonia Storage and Handling Standard; Revision of
the Office of Management and Budget (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 the
revision the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval for the
information collection requirements specified in the Anhydrous Ammonia
Storage and Handling Standard.
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
December 26, 2023.
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
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 OSHA
docket number OSHA-2010-0050 for the Information Collection Request
(ICR). OSHA will place all comments, including any personal
information, in the public docket, which may be made 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
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, the 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 Anhydrous Ammonia Storage and Handling Standard (29 CFR
1910.111) specifies a number of paperwork requirements. The following
is a brief description of the collection of information requirements
contained in the standard.
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, non-refrigerated
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 that provides information regarding
eight specific characteristics of the container.
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.
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 to
protect workers, 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 approves the revision of the collection
of information (paperwork) requirements contained in the Anhydrous
Ammonia Storage and Handling Standard. There is a change of six burden
hours (336 to 342) for documentation by a professional engineer for the
safety of the equipment being used in this ICR request.
Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.
Title: Anhydrous Ammonia Storage and Handling Standard.
OMB Number: 1218-0208.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profit; farms.
Number of Respondents: 207,100.
Number of Responses: 2,059.
Frequency of Response: On occasion.
Average Time per Response: Varies.
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 342.
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), if your comments, including
attachments, are not longer than 10 pages you may fax them to the OSHA
Docket Office at 202-693-1648; or (3) by hard copy. All comments,
attachments, and other material must identify the agency name and the
OSHA docket number for the ICR (OSHA-2010-0050). You may supplement
electronic submissions by uploading document files electronically.
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
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 at (202) 693-2350, (TTY (877) 889-5627)
for information about materials not available from the website, and for
assistance in using the internet to locate docket submissions.
V. Authority and Signature
James S. Frederick, 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. 8-2020
(85 FR 58393).
Signed at Washington, DC, on October 20, 2023.
James S. Frederick,
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2023-23754 Filed 10-26-23; 8:45 am]
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