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||Storage and Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
[Federal Register: November 18, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 222)]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2010-0050]
Storage and Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia Standard; 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 OMB approval of the information collection requirements
specified in the Storage and Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia Standard (29
CFR 1910.111). Paragraphs (b)(3) and (b)(4) of the Standard have
paperwork requirements that apply to nonrefrigerated containers and
systems and to refrigerated containers, respectively; employers use
these containers and systems to store and transfer anhydrous ammonia in
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
January 18, 2011.
ADDRESSES: 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-2010-0050, 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 OSHA
docket number for the Information Collection Request (OSHA-2010-0050).
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 also may 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, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-3609,
200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202)
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 accordance 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 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).
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, nonrefrigerated 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
which provides information regarding eight specific characteristics of
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. In addition, these
requirements provide the most efficient means for an OSHA compliance
officer to ensure that the containers and systems are safe.
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 specified in the Anhydrous Ammonia Standard (29
CFR 1910.111). The Agency is requesting that it retain its previous
estimate of 345 burden hours associated with this Standard. The Agency
will summarize the 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: Anhydrous Ammonia (29 CFR 1910.111).
OMB Number: 1218-0208.
Affected Public: Farms.
Number of Respondents: 2,030.
Frequency: On Occasion.
Total Responses: 2,030.
Average Time per Response: 10 minutes (.17 hour) for a worker to
replace or revise markings on ammonia containers.
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 345.
Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $0.
IV. Public Participation--Submission of Comments on This Notice and
InternetAccess 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 this ICR (Docket No. OSHA-2010-0050).
You may supplement electronic submissions by uploading document files
electronically. If you wish to mail additional materials in reference
to an electronic or a 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 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 aboutsubmitting 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 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 "User
Tips" link. Contact the OSHA Docket Office for information about
materials not available through the Web site, and for assistance in
using the Internet to locate docket submissions.
V. Authority and Signature
David Michaels, PhD, 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. 4-2010
(75 FR 55355).
Signed at Washington, DC on this 15th day of November 2010.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2010-29126 Filed 11-17-10; 8:45 am]
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