[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 33 (Friday, February 17, 2012)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-3733]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
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
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 (29 CFR part 1926, subpart U).
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
April 17, 2012.
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, U.S.
Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration,
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 (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 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 from 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: Theda Kenney or Todd Owen, Directorate
of Standards and Guidance, OSHA, Room N-3609, 200 Constitution Avenue
NW., Washington, DC 20210, telephone: (202) 693-2222.
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 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
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, lightening, 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
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)--Under 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. In addition, the
employer must also maintain an accurate running inventory of all
explosives and blasting agents stored on the operation.
Sec. 1926.909(a)--Employers must post a code of blasting agents on
one or more conspicuous places at the operation. Additionally, all
employees 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
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 collection
of information requirements contained in the Standard on Blasting and
the Use of Explosives. The Agency will include this summary in its
request to OMB to extend the approval of these collection of
Type of Review: Extension of currently approved collection.
Title: Blasting and the Use of Explosives (29 CFR part 1926,
OMB Number: 1218-0217.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profits.
Number of Respondents: 160.
Total Responses: 217.
Frequency: On occasion.
Average Time per Response: Time varies from 5 minutes (.08 hour) to
notify a hoist operator of blasting agents to 8 hours to develop an
alternative plan if an employer is unable to display adequate signs
warning against the use of mobile radio transmitters during blasting
Total Burden Hours: 1,294.
Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $400,000.
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 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 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
"UserTips" 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, Ph.D., MPH, 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 February 13, 2012.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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