Hazardous Materials: Safety Advisory-Unauthorized Certification of Compressed Gas Cylinders, 23851-23852 [2015-09937]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 82 / Wednesday, April 29, 2015 / Notices U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and the expected burden. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period was published on January 21, 2015 (Federal Register/Vol. 80, No. 13/ pp. 3008–3010). DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before May 29, 2015. ADDRESSES: Send comments, within 30 days, to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725–17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503, Attention NHTSA Desk Officer. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Amanda M. Kelley, 202–366–7394. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Evaluation of Correct Child Restraint System Installations. Type of Request: New information collection requirement. Abstract: Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death to children in the United States. In 2012, a total of 952 children younger than 13 years died in motor vehicle traffic crashes, and twothirds of these fatalities occurred among children riding in passenger vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), recommends that all children ages 12 years and under be properly buckled in an age- and sizeappropriate car seat, booster seat, or seat belt in the rear seat. Currently, there are four types of child restraint systems designed for children: Infant, convertible, combination, and beltpositioning booster seats. Each system is designed to protect a child within a given height and weight category in the event of a crash. While child restraint use has increased over the years, many children are still fatally injured as a result of motor vehicles crashes. One possible explanation for this occurrence could be the large number of child passengers who are either riding unrestrained in vehicles, improperly placed in a CRS, or prematurely graduated to an adult vehicle seat belt system. The most prevalent installation errors observed include: Incorrect harness routing slot used, improper harness clip position, loose CRS installation, loose harness straps, and improper lap belt placement (NHTSA, 2012). Researchers have also identified errors related to caregivers selecting the correct CRS for the children’s ages, heights, and weights. Evaluating the causes of the various selection and installation errors can be VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:18 Apr 28, 2015 Jkt 235001 challenging. That is, one or more factors may contribute to any one type of installation error. There are numerous CRS makes and models marketed to the consumer, each with its own installation procedures/manual. In addition, vehicle manufacturers design vehicle restraint systems and vehicle seats that are incompatible with various CRSs. New vehicles are continually introduced to the fleet, and CRSs continue to evolve each year. Finally, there is a never-ending flow of new parents/caregivers who need to be educated on child passenger safety. Despite their inexperience, new parents may overestimate their own accuracy in selecting and securely installing a CRS to the vehicle and securing the child in the CRS. In an effort to reduce the number of errors, NHTSA is undertaking a study to gain some insight into the causes of errors related to selecting and installing CRSs. To accomplish this, NHTSA will evaluate installation performance and caregiver confidence for 150 experienced and novice CRS users and determine which factors contribute to both installation and securement errors and to determine what factors related to the CRS, vehicle, and user confidence contribute to errors. Evaluation measures will involve the independent identification, collection and evaluation of both qualitative and quantitative data that specifically document the types of errors made by both user groups, as well as vehicle and CRS features that might contribute to those errors. Identifying these causal factors that contribute to errors related to selecting and installing CRSs, as well as those factors that contribute to accurately selecting and properly installing CRSs for both novice and experienced users, will be the first step in increasing the safety of child passengers in moving vehicles. In addition, overall findings can be made available to CRS manufacturers and vehicle manufacturers related to improvements to specific CRS and vehicle design features that may foster a better fit in the vehicles and securement for children. Affected Public: Participants will represent both ‘‘novice’’ and ‘‘experienced’’ CRS users recruited from the Greater Washington, DC area. ‘‘Experienced’’ users regularly care for a child under the age of 4 years, transport the child in a vehicle at least twice a week, have secured the child in a CRS a minimum of five times in the past 6 months, and have installed any type of CRS at least once in the past 12 months. ‘‘Novice’’ CRS users do not regularly transport children and have not PO 00000 Frm 00091 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 23851 installed a CRS in the past 6 months will be recruited for participation. Estimated Total Annual Burden: 300 hours (150 participants, averaging 2 hours). Comments are invited on the following: (i) 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; (ii) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; (iii) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (iv) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. A comment to OMB is most effective if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication. Authority: 44 U.S.C. Section 3506(c)(2)(A). Dated: April 23, 2015. Jeff Michael, Associate Administrator, Research and Program Development. [FR Doc. 2015–09989 Filed 4–28–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration [Docket No. PHMSA–2015–0119; Notice No. 15–12] Hazardous Materials: Safety Advisory—Unauthorized Certification of Compressed Gas Cylinders Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), DOT. ACTION: Safety Advisory Notice. AGENCY: PHMSA is issuing this safety advisory to notify the public that Liberty Industrial Gases and Welding Supplies Inc., located at 600 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231, also known as Liberty Industrial Gases and Welding Supply, Inc., marked ICC, DOTSpecification, and DOT-Special Permit high pressure compressed gas cylinders as authorized for hazardous materials transportation without properly testing the cylinders and without authorization to do so. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Patrick Durkin, Hazardous Materials Investigator, Eastern Region, Office of Hazardous Materials Safety, Pipeline SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\29APN1.SGM 29APN1 23852 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 82 / Wednesday, April 29, 2015 / Notices and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, 820 Bear Tavern Road, Suite 306, West Trenton, NJ 08034. Telephone: (609) 989–2256, Fax: (609) 989–2277 or, via email: patrick.durkin@ dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES I. Public Actions Requested If ICC, DOT-Specification, or DOTSpecial Permit cylinders have been taken to or received from Liberty Industrial Gases and Welding Supplies Inc., from April 1986 through October 2014, these cylinders may not have been properly tested as prescribed by the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). These cylinders should be considered unsafe and not authorized for the filling of hazardous materials unless the cylinder is first properly tested by an individual or company authorized to requalify DOTSpecification and DOT-Special Permit cylinders. Cylinders described in this safety advisory notice that are filled with atmospheric gas should be vented or otherwise safely discharged. Cylinders that are filled with a material other than an atmospheric gas should not be vented but instead should be safely discharged. Prior to refilling or continued use, the cylinders must be taken to a DOTauthorized cylinder requalifier to ensure their suitability for continued service. A list of authorized requalifiers may be obtained at the following Web site: https://www.phmsa.dot.gov/hazmat/ regs/sp-a/approvals/cylinders. II. Background A cylinder requalification consisting of a visual inspection and a hydrostatic test, conducted as prescribed in the HMR, specifically 49 CFR § 173.301, is used to verify the structural integrity of a cylinder. If the requalification is not performed in accordance with the regulations, a cylinder with compromised structural integrity may not be detected and may be returned to service when it should be condemned. Extensive property damage, serious personal injury, or death could result from rupture of a cylinder. Investigators from PHMSA’s Office of Hazardous Materials Safety (OHMS) recently conducted a compliance inspection of Liberty Industrial Gases and Welding Supplies Inc. after the company self-reported improper marking of cylinders. As a result of that inspection, PHMSA determined that Liberty Industrial Gases and Welding Supplies Inc. marked an unknown number of high pressure compressed gas cylinders with unauthorized markings VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:18 Apr 28, 2015 Jkt 235001 and certified an unknown number of high pressure compressed gas cylinders as being properly requalified when it had not conducted the required testing. The evidence suggests that Liberty Industrial Gases and Welding Supplies Inc. marked Requalifier Identification Number (RIN) A890 on these cylinders. However, Liberty Industrial Gases and Welding Supplies Inc. does not hold a RIN approval authorizing it to requalify cylinders. RIN A890 was issued by PHMSA to another company, Hi Pressure Technologies, located in Newark, NJ, granting it authority to requalify cylinders under the terms of the RIN approval supplied to it. Thus, if the cylinders were serviced by the approved RIN holder, Hi Pressure Technologies, they are not subject to this notice. Only cylinders serviced by Liberty Industrial Gases and Welding Supplies Inc. bearing these markings are affected. Issued in Washington, DC, on April 17, 2015 under authority delegated in 49 CFR Part 106. Magdy El-Sibaie, Associate Administrator for Hazardous Materials Safety, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. [FR Doc. 2015–09937 Filed 4–28–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–60–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration [Docket No. PHMSA–2015–0098 (Notice No. 15–8)] Hazardous Materials: Information Collection Activities Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, PHMSA invites comments on certain information collections pertaining to hazardous materials transportation for which PHMSA intends to request renewal and extension from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before June 29, 2015. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by the docket number (PHMSA–2015–0098) by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00092 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 online instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 1–202–493–2251. • Mail: Docket Operations, U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12– 140, Routing Symbol M–30, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: To Docket Operations, Room W12–140 on the ground floor of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and docket number or Regulation Identification Number (RIN) for this notice. Internet users may access comments received by DOT at: https://www.regulations.gov. Note that comments received will be posted without change to: https:// www.regulations.gov including any personal information provided. Privacy Act: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL–14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at www.dot.gov/privacy. Requests for a copy of an information collection should be directed to Steven Andrews or T. Glenn Foster, Standards and Rulemaking Division (PHH–12), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., East Building, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20590–0001, Telephone (202) 366–8553. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steven Andrews or T. Glenn Foster, Standards and Rulemaking Division (PHH–12), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., East Building, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20590–0001, Telephone (202) 366–8553. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 1320.8 (d), Title 5, Code of Federal Regulations requires PHMSA to provide interested members of the public and affected agencies an opportunity to comment on information collection and recordkeeping requests. This notice identifies information collection requests that PHMSA will be submitting to OMB for renewal and extension. These information collections are contained in 49 CFR parts 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, and 177 of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR parts 171–180). PHMSA has revised E:\FR\FM\29APN1.SGM 29APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 82 (Wednesday, April 29, 2015)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

[Docket No. PHMSA-2015-0119; Notice No. 15-12]


Hazardous Materials: Safety Advisory--Unauthorized Certification 
of Compressed Gas Cylinders

AGENCY: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), 
DOT.

ACTION: Safety Advisory Notice.

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SUMMARY: PHMSA is issuing this safety advisory to notify the public 
that Liberty Industrial Gases and Welding Supplies Inc., located at 600 
Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231, also known as Liberty Industrial 
Gases and Welding Supply, Inc., marked ICC, DOT-Specification, and DOT-
Special Permit high pressure compressed gas cylinders as authorized for 
hazardous materials transportation without properly testing the 
cylinders and without authorization to do so.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Patrick Durkin, Hazardous 
Materials Investigator, Eastern Region, Office of Hazardous Materials 
Safety, Pipeline

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and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 820 Bear Tavern Road, Suite 306, West Trenton, NJ 
08034. Telephone: (609) 989-2256, Fax: (609) 989-2277 or, via email: 
patrick.durkin@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Public Actions Requested

    If ICC, DOT-Specification, or DOT-Special Permit cylinders have 
been taken to or received from Liberty Industrial Gases and Welding 
Supplies Inc., from April 1986 through October 2014, these cylinders 
may not have been properly tested as prescribed by the Hazardous 
Materials Regulations (HMR). These cylinders should be considered 
unsafe and not authorized for the filling of hazardous materials unless 
the cylinder is first properly tested by an individual or company 
authorized to requalify DOT-Specification and DOT-Special Permit 
cylinders. Cylinders described in this safety advisory notice that are 
filled with atmospheric gas should be vented or otherwise safely 
discharged. Cylinders that are filled with a material other than an 
atmospheric gas should not be vented but instead should be safely 
discharged.
    Prior to refilling or continued use, the cylinders must be taken to 
a DOT-authorized cylinder requalifier to ensure their suitability for 
continued service. A list of authorized requalifiers may be obtained at 
the following Web site: https://www.phmsa.dot.gov/hazmat/regs/sp-a/approvals/cylinders.

II. Background

    A cylinder requalification consisting of a visual inspection and a 
hydrostatic test, conducted as prescribed in the HMR, specifically 49 
CFR Sec.  173.301, is used to verify the structural integrity of a 
cylinder. If the requalification is not performed in accordance with 
the regulations, a cylinder with compromised structural integrity may 
not be detected and may be returned to service when it should be 
condemned. Extensive property damage, serious personal injury, or death 
could result from rupture of a cylinder.
    Investigators from PHMSA's Office of Hazardous Materials Safety 
(OHMS) recently conducted a compliance inspection of Liberty Industrial 
Gases and Welding Supplies Inc. after the company self-reported 
improper marking of cylinders. As a result of that inspection, PHMSA 
determined that Liberty Industrial Gases and Welding Supplies Inc. 
marked an unknown number of high pressure compressed gas cylinders with 
unauthorized markings and certified an unknown number of high pressure 
compressed gas cylinders as being properly requalified when it had not 
conducted the required testing.
    The evidence suggests that Liberty Industrial Gases and Welding 
Supplies Inc. marked Requalifier Identification Number (RIN) A890 on 
these cylinders. However, Liberty Industrial Gases and Welding Supplies 
Inc. does not hold a RIN approval authorizing it to requalify 
cylinders. RIN A890 was issued by PHMSA to another company, Hi Pressure 
Technologies, located in Newark, NJ, granting it authority to requalify 
cylinders under the terms of the RIN approval supplied to it. Thus, if 
the cylinders were serviced by the approved RIN holder, Hi Pressure 
Technologies, they are not subject to this notice. Only cylinders 
serviced by Liberty Industrial Gases and Welding Supplies Inc. bearing 
these markings are affected.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on April 17, 2015 under authority 
delegated in 49 CFR Part 106.
Magdy El-Sibaie,
Associate Administrator for Hazardous Materials Safety, Pipeline and 
Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
[FR Doc. 2015-09937 Filed 4-28-15; 8:45 am]
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