Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Noise Exposure Assessment; Audiometric Testing, Evaluation, and Records and Training in All Mines, 47856-47857 [05-16077]

Download as PDF 47856 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 156 / Monday, August 15, 2005 / Notices weeks after the meeting, in room 7252, Main Interior Building, 1849 C Street, NW., Washington, DC. Dated: August 2, 2005. Bernard Fagan, Deputy Chief, Office of Policy. [FR Doc. 05–16082 Filed 8–12–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–52–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Mine Safety and Health Administration Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Noise Exposure Assessment; Audiometric Testing, Evaluation, and Records and Training in All Mines ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on the continuing collection of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. DATES: Submit comments on or before October 14, 2005. ADDRESSES: Send comments to U.S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration, John Rowlett, Director, Management Services Division, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2134, Arlington, VA 22209–3939. Commenters are encouraged to send their comments on a computer disk, or via Internet E-mail to Rowlett.John@dol.gov, along with an original printed copy. Mr. Rowlett can be reached at (202) 693–9827 (voice), or (202) 693–9801 (facsimile). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact the employee listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses. A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the employee listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice or viewed on the Internet by accessing the MSHA home page (https:// www.msha.gov) and then choosing ‘‘Statutory and Regulatory Information’’ and ‘‘Federal Register Documents.’’ I. Background Noise is one of the most pervasive health hazards in mining. Exposure to hazardous sound levels results in the development of occupational noiseinduced hearing loss (NIHL), a serious physical, psychological, and social problem. NIHL can be distinguished from aging and medical factors, diagnosed, and prevented. NIHL is among the ‘‘top ten’’ leading occupational diseases and injuries. For many years, the risk of acquiring an NIHL was accepted as an inevitable consequence associated with mining occupations. Miners use mechanized equipment and work under conditions that often expose them to hazardous sound levels. But MSHA standards, OSHA standards, military standards, and others around the world have been established in recognition of the controllability of this risk. Records of miner exposures are necessary so that mine operators and MSHA can evaluate the need for and effectiveness of engineering controls, administrative controls, and personal protective equipment to protect miners from harmful levels of exposure. III. Current Actions II. Desired Focus of Comments Currently, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is soliciting comments concerning the proposed extension of the information collection related to the Noise Exposure Assessment; Audiometric Testing, Evaluation, and Records and Training in all Mines. MSHA is particularly interested in comments that: • Evaluate whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and • Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, Records of miner exposures are necessary so that mine operators and MSHA can ensure that engineering controls, administrative controls, and personal protective equipment are used to protect miners from harmful levels of exposure. However, the Agency believes that extensive records for this purpose now maintained by the coal mining sector are not needed, Part 62 replaced these requirements with a performanceoriented approach to monitoring. The final rule expanded notification of exposure information to miners to assist them in becoming more active participants in hearing conservation efforts. Hearing tests of miners are offered and if a miner takes the test, mine operators are required to compile and maintain a record of each audiometric test. Detection of a hearing loss can trigger certain protective actions under Part 62. The record will be used by mine operators and MSHA to verify that the testing was done and the required actions implemented. Part 62 also requires the mine operator to provide training to overexposed miners about the hazards of noise exposure, hearing protector selection and use, the hearing test program, and the operator’s noise controls. Records of training are needed to confirm that miners receive the information they need to become active participants in hearing conservation efforts. There is no existing requirement for such records; however, training records required under other MSHA regulations are used for similar purposes. Type of Review: Extension. Agency: Mine Safety and Health Administration. Title: Noise exposure assessment; audiometric testing, evaluation, and records and training in all mines. OMB Number: 1219–0120. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit institutions. Cite/reference Frequency 62.110(a) ................................................................................................................................ 62.110(c) ................................................................................................................................. 62.110(d) ................................................................................................................................ Annually .......... Occasion ......... Occasion ......... VerDate jul<14>2003 13:17 Aug 12, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\15AUN1.SGM Total responses 15AUN1 6,008 70,985 226,532 Burden hours 15,439 7,459 19,279 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 156 / Monday, August 15, 2005 / Notices Cite/reference Frequency 62.130 ..................................................................................................................................... 62.170(b) ................................................................................................................................ 62.171(b) ................................................................................................................................ 62.172(a)(1) ............................................................................................................................ 62.172(a)(3) ............................................................................................................................ 62.173(a) ................................................................................................................................ 62.173(b) ................................................................................................................................ 62.173(c) ................................................................................................................................. 62.174(a) ................................................................................................................................ 62.175(a)(1) ............................................................................................................................ 62.175(a)(2) ............................................................................................................................ 62.180(a) ................................................................................................................................ 62.180(b) ................................................................................................................................ 62.190(b) ................................................................................................................................ 62.190(c) ................................................................................................................................. Total ......................................................................................................................... Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0. Total Burden Cost (operating/ maintaining): $4,355,111. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval of the information collection request; they will also become a matter of public record. Dated at Arlington, Virginia, this fourth day of August, 2005. David L. Meyer, Director, Office of Administration and Management. [FR Doc. 05–16077 Filed 8–12–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–43–P LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Copyright Office [Docket No. RM 2005–7] Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act of 2004 Copyright Office, Library of Congress. ACTION: Extension of comment period. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Copyright Office of the Library of Congress is extending the time in which comments can be filed in response to its Notice of Inquiry requesting information for the preparation of the first report to the Congress required by the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act of 2004. DATES: Comments are due no later than September 1, 2005. Reply comments are due no later than September 22, 2005. ADDRESSES: If hand delivered by a private party, an original and five copies of a comment should be brought to Room LM–401 of the James Madison VerDate jul<14>2003 13:17 Aug 12, 2005 Jkt 205001 Occasion Occasion Occasion Occasion Occasion Occasion Occasion Occasion Occasion Occasion Occasion Occasion Occasion Occasion Occasion Frm 00074 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Burden hours ......... ......... ......... ......... ......... ......... ......... ......... ......... ......... ......... ......... ......... ......... ......... 26,756 169,531 37,088 34,203 1,905 240 244 244 4,452 39,583 5,153 11,022 184,285 28,685 1,165 3,260 14,659 3,311 3,099 571 21 10 10 384 3,817 512 5,386 25,060 4,575 748 .................... 848,081 107,600 Memorial Building between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. and the envelope should be addressed as follows: Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Copyright Office, James Madison Memorial Building, Room LM–401, 101 Independence Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20559– 6000. If delivered by a commercial courier, an original and five copies of a comment must be delivered to the Congressional Courier Acceptance Site located at 2nd and D Streets, NE, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. The envelope should be addressed as follows: Office of the General Counsel, Room LM–403, James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Avenue, SE, Washington, DC. If sent by mail (including overnight delivery using U.S. Postal Service Express Mail), an original and five copies of a comment should be addressed to U.S. Copyright Office, Copyright GC/I&R, P.O. Box 70400, Southwest Station, Washington, DC 20024. Comments may not be delivered by means of overnight delivery services such as Federal Express, United Parcel Service, etc., due to delays in processing receipt of such deliveries. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tanya Sandros, Associate General Counsel, Copyright GC/I&R, P.O. Box 70400, Southwest Station, Washington, DC 20024. Telephone: (202) 707–8380. Telefax: (202) 707–8366. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 8, 2004, the President signed the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act of 2004 (‘‘SHVERA’’), a part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005, Pub. L. No. 108–447. In addition to extending for an additional five years the statutory license for satellite carriers retransmitting over–the–air television broadcast stations to their subscribers and making a number of amendments to PO 00000 Total responses 47857 the existing section 119 of the Copyright Act, SHVERA directs the Copyright Office to conduct two studies and report its findings to the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives and the Committee on the Judiciary of the Senate. One study, due by December 31, 2005, requires the Office to examine select portions of the section 119 license and to determine what, if any, impact sections 119 and 122 have had on copyright owners whose programming is transmitted by satellite carriers. To assist in the preparation of this study, the Office published a Notice of Inquiry seeking comments on questions posed regarding various aspects of the study. See 70 FR 39343 (July 7, 2005). Initial comments were due to be filed on August 22, 2005; reply comments were due to be filed on September 12, 2005. The Copyright Office has received a request from various potential commenters to extend the comment period by 10 days in order to allow sufficient time to provide the Office with comprehensive comments. Given the complexity of the issues raised by the study, the Office has decided to extend the deadline for filing comments by a period of 10 days, making initial comments due on September 1, 2005; likewise, the period for filing reply comments also will be extended by 10 days, making reply comments due on September 22, 2005. Dated: August 10, 2005 Jule L. Sigall, Acting Register of Copyrights. 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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 156 (Monday, August 15, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 47856-47857]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-16077]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Mine Safety and Health Administration


Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public 
Comment and Recommendations; Noise Exposure Assessment; Audiometric 
Testing, Evaluation, and Records and Training in All Mines

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to 
reduce paperwork and respondent burden conducts a preclearance 
consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies 
with an opportunity to comment on the continuing collection of 
information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 
(PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to ensure that 
requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden 
(time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are 
clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on 
respondents can be properly assessed.

DATES: Submit comments on or before October 14, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Send comments to U.S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and 
Health Administration, John Rowlett, Director, Management Services 
Division, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2134, Arlington, VA 22209-3939. 
Commenters are encouraged to send their comments on a computer disk, or 
via Internet E-mail to Rowlett.John@dol.gov, along with an original 
printed copy. Mr. Rowlett can be reached at (202) 693-9827 (voice), or 
(202) 693-9801 (facsimile).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact the employee listed in the 
ADDRESSES section of this notice.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

    Noise is one of the most pervasive health hazards in mining. 
Exposure to hazardous sound levels results in the development of 
occupational noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), a serious physical, 
psychological, and social problem. NIHL can be distinguished from aging 
and medical factors, diagnosed, and prevented. NIHL is among the ``top 
ten'' leading occupational diseases and injuries.
    For many years, the risk of acquiring an NIHL was accepted as an 
inevitable consequence associated with mining occupations. Miners use 
mechanized equipment and work under conditions that often expose them 
to hazardous sound levels. But MSHA standards, OSHA standards, military 
standards, and others around the world have been established in 
recognition of the controllability of this risk. Records of miner 
exposures are necessary so that mine operators and MSHA can evaluate 
the need for and effectiveness of engineering controls, administrative 
controls, and personal protective equipment to protect miners from 
harmful levels of exposure.

II. Desired Focus of Comments

    Currently, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is 
soliciting comments concerning the proposed extension of the 
information collection related to the Noise Exposure Assessment; 
Audiometric Testing, Evaluation, and Records and Training in all Mines. 
MSHA is particularly interested in comments that:
     Evaluate whether the collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, 
including whether the information will have practical utility;
     Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the 
burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used;
     Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
     Minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate 
automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting 
electronic submissions of responses.
    A copy of the proposed information collection request can be 
obtained by contacting the employee listed in the ADDRESSES section of 
this notice or viewed on the Internet by accessing the MSHA home page 
(https://www.msha.gov) and then choosing ``Statutory and Regulatory 
Information'' and ``Federal Register Documents.''

III. Current Actions

    Records of miner exposures are necessary so that mine operators and 
MSHA can ensure that engineering controls, administrative controls, and 
personal protective equipment are used to protect miners from harmful 
levels of exposure. However, the Agency believes that extensive records 
for this purpose now maintained by the coal mining sector are not 
needed, Part 62 replaced these requirements with a performance-oriented 
approach to monitoring. The final rule expanded notification of 
exposure information to miners to assist them in becoming more active 
participants in hearing conservation efforts. Hearing tests of miners 
are offered and if a miner takes the test, mine operators are required 
to compile and maintain a record of each audiometric test. Detection of 
a hearing loss can trigger certain protective actions under Part 62. 
The record will be used by mine operators and MSHA to verify that the 
testing was done and the required actions implemented. Part 62 also 
requires the mine operator to provide training to overexposed miners 
about the hazards of noise exposure, hearing protector selection and 
use, the hearing test program, and the operator's noise controls. 
Records of training are needed to confirm that miners receive the 
information they need to become active participants in hearing 
conservation efforts. There is no existing requirement for such 
records; however, training records required under other MSHA 
regulations are used for similar purposes.
    Type of Review: Extension.
    Agency: Mine Safety and Health Administration.
    Title: Noise exposure assessment; audiometric testing, evaluation, 
and records and training in all mines.
    OMB Number: 1219-0120.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit institutions.

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               Cite/reference                            Frequency              Total responses   Burden  hours
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62.110(a)..................................  Annually.........................            6,008           15,439
62.110(c)..................................  Occasion.........................           70,985            7,459
62.110(d)..................................  Occasion.........................          226,532           19,279

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62.130.....................................  Occasion.........................           26,756            3,260
62.170(b)..................................  Occasion.........................          169,531           14,659
62.171(b)..................................  Occasion.........................           37,088            3,311
62.172(a)(1)...............................  Occasion.........................           34,203            3,099
62.172(a)(3)...............................  Occasion.........................            1,905              571
62.173(a)..................................  Occasion.........................              240               21
62.173(b)..................................  Occasion.........................              244               10
62.173(c)..................................  Occasion.........................              244               10
62.174(a)..................................  Occasion.........................            4,452              384
62.175(a)(1)...............................  Occasion.........................           39,583            3,817
62.175(a)(2)...............................  Occasion.........................            5,153              512
62.180(a)..................................  Occasion.........................           11,022            5,386
62.180(b)..................................  Occasion.........................          184,285           25,060
62.190(b)..................................  Occasion.........................           28,685            4,575
62.190(c)..................................  Occasion.........................            1,165              748
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    Total..................................  .................................          848,081          107,600
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    Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0.
    Total Burden Cost (operating/maintaining): $4,355,111.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for Office of Management and Budget 
approval of the information collection request; they will also become a 
matter of public record.

    Dated at Arlington, Virginia, this fourth day of August, 2005.
David L. Meyer,
Director, Office of Administration and Management.
[FR Doc. 05-16077 Filed 8-12-05; 8:45 am]
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