Proposed Information Collection Request; Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Qualification/Certification Program and Man Hoist Operators Physical Fitness, 70349-70350 [E7-23942]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 237 / Tuesday, December 11, 2007 / Notices along with data from MSHA Form 7000–2, to compute incidence and severity rates for various injury types. These rates are used to analyze trends and to assess the degree of success of the health and safety efforts of MSHA and the mining industry. Accident, injury, and illness data when correlated with employment and production data provide information that allows MSHA to improve its safety and health enforcement programs, focus its education and training efforts, and establish priorities for its technical assistance activities in mine safety and health. Maintaining a current database allows MSHA to identify and direct increased attention to those mines, industry segments, and geographical areas where hazardous trends are developing. This could not be done effectively utilizing historical data. The information collected under Part 50 is the most comprehensive and reliable occupational data available concerning the mining industry. Section 103(d) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act) mandates that each accident be investigated by the operator to determine the cause and means of preventing a recurrence. Records of such accidents and investigations shall be kept and made available to the Secretary or his authorized representative and the appropriate State agency. Section 103(h) requires operators to keep any records and make any reports that are reasonably necessary for MSHA to perform its duties under the Mine Act. Section 103(j) of the Mine Act requires operators to notify MSHA of the occurrence of an accident and to take appropriate measures to preserve any evidence which would assist in the investigation into the cause or causes of the accident. Data collected through MSHA Form 7000–1 and MSHA Form 7000–2 enable MSHA to publish timely quarterly and annual statistics, reflecting current safety and health conditions in the mining industry. These data are used not only by MSHA, but also by other Federal and State agencies, health and safety researchers, and the mining community to assist in measuring and comparing the results of health and safety efforts both in the United States and internationally. pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES II. Desired Focus of Comments MSHA is particularly interested in comments that: • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:12 Dec 10, 2007 Jkt 214001 whether the information will have practical utility; • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed 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 (http:// www.msha.gov/) and selecting ‘‘Rules and Regs,’’ and then selecting ‘‘Fed Reg Docs.’’ III. Current Actions This request for collection of information contains provisions whereby persons may be temporarily qualified or certified to perform tests and examinations; requiring specialized expertise; related to miner safety and health at coal mines. Type of Review: Extension. Agency: Mine Safety and Health Administration. Title: Mine Accident, Injury, and Illness Report and Quarterly Mine Employment and Coal Production Report. OMB Number: 1219–0007. Form(s): MSHA 7000–1 and MSHA 7000–2. Frequency: Quarterly and On Occasion. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit. Respondents: 22,295. Responses: 139,903. Estimated Time per Response: 30 minutes for hardcopy filings and 15 minutes for Form 7000–02 electronic filings. Total Burden Hours: 270,666. Total Burden Cost (operating/ maintaining): $31,993. 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. PO 00000 Frm 00061 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 70349 Dated at Arlington, Virginia, this 6th day of December, 2007. David L. Meyer, Director, Office of Administration and Management. [FR Doc. E7–23941 Filed 12–10–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–43–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Mine Safety and Health Administration Proposed Information Collection Request; Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Qualification/Certification Program and Man Hoist Operators Physical Fitness 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 proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps ensure that requested data is 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 February 11, 2008. ADDRESSES: Send comments to Debbie Ferraro, Records Management Branch, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2171, Arlington, VA 22209–3939. Commenters are encouraged to send their comments on computer disk, or via E-mail to ferraro.debbie@dol.gov. Ms. Ferraro can be reached at (202) 693–9821 (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 Persons performing tasks and certain required examinations at coal mines related to miner safety and health, which require specialized training, experience, and physical qualifications, are required to be either ‘‘certified’’ or ‘‘qualified’’. The regulations recognized State certification and qualification programs. However, under the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and MSHA standards, where State programs do not exist, MSHA may certify and qualify persons for as long as they E:\FR\FM\11DEN1.SGM 11DEN1 70350 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 237 / Tuesday, December 11, 2007 / Notices pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES continue to satisfy the requirements needed to obtain the certification or qualification, fulfill any applicable retraining requirements, and remained employed at the same mine or by the same independent contractor. Applications for Secretarial qualification or certification are submitted to the MSHA Qualification and Certification Unit in Denver, Colorado. Form 5000–41 provides the coal mining industry with a standardized reporting format that expedited the certification and qualification process while ensuring compliance with the regulations. MSHA uses the form’s information to determine if applicants satisfy the requirements to obtain the certification or qualification sought. Persons must meet certain minimum experience requirements depending on the type of certification or qualification. Sections 75.155 and 77.105 of Title 30 of the CFR explain the qualifications to be a qualified hoisting engineer or a qualified hoist man on a slope or shaft sinking operation. Sections 75.100 and 77.100 pertain to the certification of certain persons to perform specific examinations and tests. Under §§ 75.160, 75.161, 77.107 and 77.107–1, the mine operator must have an approved training plan developed to train and retrain the qualified and certified people to effectively perform their tasks. Sections 75.159 and 77.106 requires the operator of a mine to maintain a list of all certified and qualified persons designated to perform certain duties, which require specialized expertise at underground and surface coal mines, i.e., conduct test for methane and oxygen deficiency, conduct tests of air flow, perform electrical work, repair energized surface high-voltage lines, and perform duties of hoisting engineer. The recorded information is necessary to ensure that only persons who are properly trained and have the required number of years of experience are permitted to perform these duties. MSHA does not specify a format for the recordkeeping; however, it normally consists of the names of the certified and qualified person listed in two columns on a sheet of paper. One column is for certified persons and the other is for qualified persons. II. Desired Focus of Comments Currently, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is soliciting comments concerning the proposed extension of the information collection requirement related to the Qualification/ Certification Program and Man Hoist Operators Physical Fitness. MSHA is VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:12 Dec 10, 2007 Jkt 214001 particularly interested in comments that: • Evaluate whether the proposed 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 proposed 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 (http:// www.msha.gov/) and selecting ‘‘Rules and Regs’’, and then selecting ‘‘Fed Reg Docs.’’ III. Current Actions This request for collection of information contains provisions whereby persons may be temporarily qualified or certified to perform tests and examinations requiring specialized expertise related to inner safety and health at coal mines. Type of Review: Extension. Agency: Mine Safety and Health Administration. Title: Qualification/Certification Program and Man Hoist Operators Physical Fitness. OMB Number: 1219–0127. Frequency: Quarterly and on occasion. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit. Number of Respondents: 1,721. Recordkeeping: One year. Total Burden Hours: 15,355. Total Burden Cost (operating/ maintaining): $8,047. 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. PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated at Arlington, Virginia, this 6th day of December, 2007. David L. Meyer, Director, Office of Administration and Management. [FR Doc. E7–23942 Filed 12–10–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–43–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Mine Safety and Health Administration Petitions for Modification Mine Safety and Health Administration, Labor. ACTION: Notice of petitions for modification of existing mandatory safety standards. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and 30 CFR Part 44 govern the application, processing, and disposition of petitions for modification. This notice is a summary of petitions for modification filed by the parties listed below to modify the application of existing mandatory safety standards published in Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations. All comments on the petitions must be received by the Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances on or before January 10, 2008. ADDRESSES: You may submit your comments, identified by ‘‘docket number’’ on the subject line, by any of the following methods: 1. Electronic mail: StandardsPetitions@dol.gov. 2. Facsimile: 1–202–693–9441. 3. Regular Mail: MSHA, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2349, Arlington, Virginia 22209, Attention: Patricia W. Silvey, Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances. 4. Hand-Delivery or Courier: MSHA, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2349, Arlington, Virginia 22209, Attention: Patricia W. Silvey, Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances. We will consider only comments postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service or proof of delivery from another delivery service such as UPS or Federal Express on or before the deadline for comments. Individuals who submit comments by hand-delivery are required to check in at the receptionist desk on the 21st floor. Individuals may inspect copies of the petitions and comments during normal business hours at the address listed above. DATES: E:\FR\FM\11DEN1.SGM 11DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 237 (Tuesday, December 11, 2007)]
[Notices]
[Pages 70349-70350]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-23942]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Mine Safety and Health Administration


Proposed Information Collection Request; Submitted for Public 
Comment and Recommendations; Qualification/Certification Program and 
Man Hoist Operators Physical Fitness

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 proposed and/or continuing 
collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps 
ensure that requested data is 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 February 11, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Send comments to Debbie Ferraro, Records Management Branch, 
1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2171, Arlington, VA 22209-3939. Commenters 
are encouraged to send their comments on computer disk, or via E-mail 
to ferraro.debbie@dol.gov. Ms. Ferraro can be reached at (202) 693-9821 
(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

    Persons performing tasks and certain required examinations at coal 
mines related to miner safety and health, which require specialized 
training, experience, and physical qualifications, are required to be 
either ``certified'' or ``qualified''. The regulations recognized State 
certification and qualification programs. However, under the Federal 
Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and MSHA standards, where State 
programs do not exist, MSHA may certify and qualify persons for as long 
as they

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continue to satisfy the requirements needed to obtain the certification 
or qualification, fulfill any applicable retraining requirements, and 
remained employed at the same mine or by the same independent 
contractor.
    Applications for Secretarial qualification or certification are 
submitted to the MSHA Qualification and Certification Unit in Denver, 
Colorado. Form 5000-41 provides the coal mining industry with a 
standardized reporting format that expedited the certification and 
qualification process while ensuring compliance with the regulations. 
MSHA uses the form's information to determine if applicants satisfy the 
requirements to obtain the certification or qualification sought. 
Persons must meet certain minimum experience requirements depending on 
the type of certification or qualification.
    Sections 75.155 and 77.105 of Title 30 of the CFR explain the 
qualifications to be a qualified hoisting engineer or a qualified hoist 
man on a slope or shaft sinking operation. Sections 75.100 and 77.100 
pertain to the certification of certain persons to perform specific 
examinations and tests. Under Sec. Sec.  75.160, 75.161, 77.107 and 
77.107-1, the mine operator must have an approved training plan 
developed to train and retrain the qualified and certified people to 
effectively perform their tasks.
    Sections 75.159 and 77.106 requires the operator of a mine to 
maintain a list of all certified and qualified persons designated to 
perform certain duties, which require specialized expertise at 
underground and surface coal mines, i.e., conduct test for methane and 
oxygen deficiency, conduct tests of air flow, perform electrical work, 
repair energized surface high-voltage lines, and perform duties of 
hoisting engineer. The recorded information is necessary to ensure that 
only persons who are properly trained and have the required number of 
years of experience are permitted to perform these duties. MSHA does 
not specify a format for the recordkeeping; however, it normally 
consists of the names of the certified and qualified person listed in 
two columns on a sheet of paper. One column is for certified persons 
and the other is for qualified persons.

II. Desired Focus of Comments

    Currently, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is 
soliciting comments concerning the proposed extension of the 
information collection requirement related to the Qualification/
Certification Program and Man Hoist Operators Physical Fitness. MSHA is 
particularly interested in comments that:
     Evaluate whether the proposed 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 proposed 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 
(http://www.msha.gov/) and selecting ``Rules and Regs'', and then 
selecting ``Fed Reg Docs.''

III. Current Actions

    This request for collection of information contains provisions 
whereby persons may be temporarily qualified or certified to perform 
tests and examinations requiring specialized expertise related to inner 
safety and health at coal mines.
    Type of Review: Extension.
    Agency: Mine Safety and Health Administration.
    Title: Qualification/Certification Program and Man Hoist Operators 
Physical Fitness.
    OMB Number: 1219-0127.
    Frequency: Quarterly and on occasion.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.
    Number of Respondents: 1,721.
    Recordkeeping: One year.
    Total Burden Hours: 15,355.
    Total Burden Cost (operating/maintaining): $8,047.
    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 6th day of December, 2007.
David L. Meyer,
Director, Office of Administration and Management.
 [FR Doc. E7-23942 Filed 12-10-07; 8:45 am]
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