Petitions for Modification of Application of Existing Mandatory Safety Standard, 53112-53113 [2018-22744]

Download as PDF 53112 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 203 / Friday, October 19, 2018 / Notices II. Review Focus OFCCP is particularly interested in comments which: • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the compliance assistance functions of the agency that support the agency’s compliance mission, 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. amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 III. Current Actions OFCCP seeks approval of this new information collection in order to carry out and enhance its responsibilities to enforce the nondiscrimination and affirmative action provisions of the three legal authorities it administers. Type of Review: New Request. Agency: Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. Title: Contractor Recognition Program—Leadership in Equal Access and Diversity (LEAD) Award. OMB Number: 1250–[NEW]. Agency Number: None. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit entities. Total Respondents for Nominations: 100. Total Annual Responses for Nominations: 100 biennially. Average Time per Response for Nominations: 26 hours. Estimated Total Burden Hours for Nominations: 2,600. Frequency: Biennially. Total Burden Cost for Nominations: $88,842. Total Respondents for Finalists: 6. Total Annual Responses for Finalists: 6 biennially. Average Time per Response for Finalists: 28 hours. Estimated Total Burden Hours for Finalists: 168 hours. Total Burden Cost for Finalists: $5,741. Estimated Total Burden Hours (Nominations and Finalists): 2,768 hours. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:25 Oct 18, 2018 Jkt 247001 Total Burden Cost (Nominations and Finalists): $94,583. govern the application, processing, and disposition of petitions for modification. Harvey D. Fort, Acting Director, Division of Policy and Program Development, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. I. Background [FR Doc. 2018–22858 Filed 10–18–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–CM–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Mine Safety and Health Administration Petitions for Modification of Application of Existing Mandatory Safety Standard Mine Safety and Health Administration, Labor. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice is a summary of a petition for modification submitted to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) by the party listed below. DATES: All comments on the petition must be received by MSHA’s Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances on or before November 19, 2018. ADDRESSES: You may submit your comments, identified by ‘‘docket number’’ on the subject line, by any of the following methods: 1. Email: zzMSHA-comments@ dol.gov. Include the docket number of the petition in the subject line of the message. 2. Facsimile: 202–693–9441. 3. Regular Mail or Hand Delivery: MSHA, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, 201 12th Street South, Suite 4E401, Arlington, Virginia 22202–5452, Attention: Sheila McConnell, Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances. Persons delivering documents are required to check in at the receptionist’s desk in Suite 4E401. Individuals may inspect a copy of the petition and comments during normal business hours at the address listed above. MSHA 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barbara Barron, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances at 202–693– 9447 (voice), barron.barbara@dol.gov (email), or 202–693–9441 (fax). [These are not toll-free numbers.] SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 44 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00086 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act) allows the mine operator or representative of miners to file a petition to modify the application of any mandatory safety standard to a coal or other mine if the Secretary of Labor (Secretary) determines that: 1. An alternative method of achieving the result of such standard exists which will at all times guarantee no less than the same measure of protection afforded the miners of such mine by such standard; or 2. That the application of such standard to such mine will result in a diminution of safety to the miners in such mine. In addition, the regulations at 30 CFR 44.10 and 44.11 establish the requirements and procedures for filing petitions for modification. II. Petition for Modification Docket Number: M–2018–008–M. Petitioner: U.S. Silica Company, 5263 Edmund Highway, West Columbia, South Carolina 29170. Mines: Columbia Plant, MSHA I.D. No. 38–00138, located in Lexington County, South Carolina. Regulation Affected: 30 CFR 56.13020 (Use of compressed air). Modification Request: The petitioner requests a modification of the existing standard to permit an alternative method that will provide no less a degree of safety than that provided by the standard. The petitioner states that: (1) The alternative method provides a direct reduction of miners’ exposure to respirable dust, thus reducing their health risks. The proposed alternative method has been jointly developed between Unimin Corporation and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and successfully tested by the NIOSH. (2) The petition proposes the following: —Only miners trained in the operation of the clothes cleaning booth will be permitted to use the booth to clean their clothes. —Petitioner will incorporate the NIOSH Clothes Cleaning Process and manufacturer’s instruction manual into their MSHA Part 48 training plan and train affected miners in the process. —Miners entering the booth will examine valves and nozzles for damage or malfunction and will close the door fully before opening the air E:\FR\FM\19OCN1.SGM 19OCN1 amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 203 / Friday, October 19, 2018 / Notices valve. Any defects will be repaired prior to the booth being used. —Miners entering the booth will wear eye protection, ear plugs or muffs for hearing protection, and respiratory protection. Respiratory protection will consist of a full-face or half-mask respirator that meets or exceeds the minimum requirements of a N95 filter to which the miner has been fit-tested. As an alternative, the use of a full-face respirator will meet the requirements for eye protection. A sign will be conspicuously posted requiring the use of the above personal protective equipment when the booth is entered. —Air flow through the booth will be at least 2,000 cubic feet per minute to maintain negative pressure during use of the cleaning booth in order to prevent contamination of the environment outside the booth. Airflow will be in a downward direction, thereby moving contaminants away from the miner’s breathing zone. —Air pressure through the spray manifold will be limited to 30 pounds per square inch or less. A lock box with a single, plant manager controlled key will be used to prevent regulator tampering. —The air spray manifold will consist of schedule 80 steel pipe that has a failure pressure of 1,300 pounds per square inch and will be capped at the base and actuated by an electrically controlled ball valve at the top. —Air nozzles must not exceed 30 pounds per square inch gauge. —The upper most spray of the spray manifold will be located below the booth user’s breathing zone. Some type of mechanical device can be used to cover the upper air nozzles to meet the specific height of the user. —Air nozzles will be guarded to eliminate the possibility of incidental contact, which could create mechanical damage to the air nozzles during the clothes cleaning process. —Periodic maintenance checks of the booth will be conducted in accordance with the recommendations contained in the manufacturer’s instruction manual. —The air receiver tank supplying air to the manifold system will be of sufficient volume to permit no less than 20 seconds of continuous cleaning time. —An appropriate hazard warning sign will be posted on the booth to state at a minimum, ‘‘Compressed Air’’ and ‘‘Respirable Dust’’. —A pressure relief valve designed for the booth’s air reservoir will be installed. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:25 Oct 18, 2018 Jkt 247001 —The mine will exhaust dust-laden air from the booth into a local exhaust ventilation system or duct outside the facility while ensuring there is no reentrainment back into the structure. The petitioner asserts that the proposed alternative method will at all times guarantee no less than the same measure of protection afforded by the standard. Roslyn B. Fontaine, Deputy Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances. [FR Doc. 2018–22744 Filed 10–18–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4520–43–P NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION [Notice (18–079)] NASA Advisory Council; Aeronautics Committee; Meeting National Aeronautics and Space Administration. ACTION: Notice of meeting. AGENCY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announces a meeting of the Aeronautics Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). This meeting will be held for soliciting, from the aeronautics community and other persons, research and technical information relevant to program planning. DATES: Thursday, November 15, 2018, 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Local Time. ADDRESSES: NASA Langley Research Center, 2 Langley Boulevard, Building 2101, Room 305, Hampton, VA 23681. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Irma Rodriguez, Designated Federal Officer, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358–0984, or irma.c.rodriguez@nasa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The meeting will be open to the public up to the capacity of the room. This meeting is also available telephonically and by WebEx. You must use a touchtone telephone to participate in this meeting. Any interested person may dial the USA toll-free conference number 1– 888–769–8716, participant passcode: 6813159, followed by the # sign to participate in this meeting by telephone. 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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 203 (Friday, October 19, 2018)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-22744]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Mine Safety and Health Administration


Petitions for Modification of Application of Existing Mandatory 
Safety Standard

AGENCY: Mine Safety and Health Administration, Labor.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice is a summary of a petition for modification 
submitted to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) by the 
party listed below.

DATES: All comments on the petition must be received by MSHA's Office 
of Standards, Regulations, and Variances on or before November 19, 
2018.

ADDRESSES: You may submit your comments, identified by ``docket 
number'' on the subject line, by any of the following methods:
    1. Email: [email protected]. Include the docket number of the 
petition in the subject line of the message.
    2. Facsimile: 202-693-9441.
    3. Regular Mail or Hand Delivery: MSHA, Office of Standards, 
Regulations, and Variances, 201 12th Street South, Suite 4E401, 
Arlington, Virginia 22202-5452, Attention: Sheila McConnell, Director, 
Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances. Persons delivering 
documents are required to check in at the receptionist's desk in Suite 
4E401. Individuals may inspect a copy of the petition and comments 
during normal business hours at the address listed above.
    MSHA 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barbara Barron, Office of Standards, 
Regulations, and Variances at 202-693-9447 (voice), 
[email protected] (email), or 202-693-9441 (fax). [These are not 
toll-free numbers.]

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety 
and Health Act of 1977 and Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations 
Part 44 govern the application, processing, and disposition of 
petitions for modification.

I. Background

    Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 
(Mine Act) allows the mine operator or representative of miners to file 
a petition to modify the application of any mandatory safety standard 
to a coal or other mine if the Secretary of Labor (Secretary) 
determines that:
    1. An alternative method of achieving the result of such standard 
exists which will at all times guarantee no less than the same measure 
of protection afforded the miners of such mine by such standard; or
    2. That the application of such standard to such mine will result 
in a diminution of safety to the miners in such mine.
    In addition, the regulations at 30 CFR 44.10 and 44.11 establish 
the requirements and procedures for filing petitions for modification.

II. Petition for Modification

    Docket Number: M-2018-008-M.
    Petitioner: U.S. Silica Company, 5263 Edmund Highway, West 
Columbia, South Carolina 29170.
    Mines: Columbia Plant, MSHA I.D. No. 38-00138, located in Lexington 
County, South Carolina.
    Regulation Affected: 30 CFR 56.13020 (Use of compressed air).
    Modification Request: The petitioner requests a modification of the 
existing standard to permit an alternative method that will provide no 
less a degree of safety than that provided by the standard.
    The petitioner states that:
    (1) The alternative method provides a direct reduction of miners' 
exposure to respirable dust, thus reducing their health risks. The 
proposed alternative method has been jointly developed between Unimin 
Corporation and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and 
Health (NIOSH) and successfully tested by the NIOSH.
    (2) The petition proposes the following:
--Only miners trained in the operation of the clothes cleaning booth 
will be permitted to use the booth to clean their clothes.
--Petitioner will incorporate the NIOSH Clothes Cleaning Process and 
manufacturer's instruction manual into their MSHA Part 48 training plan 
and train affected miners in the process.
--Miners entering the booth will examine valves and nozzles for damage 
or malfunction and will close the door fully before opening the air

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valve. Any defects will be repaired prior to the booth being used.
--Miners entering the booth will wear eye protection, ear plugs or 
muffs for hearing protection, and respiratory protection. Respiratory 
protection will consist of a full-face or half-mask respirator that 
meets or exceeds the minimum requirements of a N95 filter to which the 
miner has been fit-tested. As an alternative, the use of a full-face 
respirator will meet the requirements for eye protection. A sign will 
be conspicuously posted requiring the use of the above personal 
protective equipment when the booth is entered.
--Air flow through the booth will be at least 2,000 cubic feet per 
minute to maintain negative pressure during use of the cleaning booth 
in order to prevent contamination of the environment outside the booth. 
Airflow will be in a downward direction, thereby moving contaminants 
away from the miner's breathing zone.
--Air pressure through the spray manifold will be limited to 30 pounds 
per square inch or less. A lock box with a single, plant manager 
controlled key will be used to prevent regulator tampering.
--The air spray manifold will consist of schedule 80 steel pipe that 
has a failure pressure of 1,300 pounds per square inch and will be 
capped at the base and actuated by an electrically controlled ball 
valve at the top.
--Air nozzles must not exceed 30 pounds per square inch gauge.
--The upper most spray of the spray manifold will be located below the 
booth user's breathing zone. Some type of mechanical device can be used 
to cover the upper air nozzles to meet the specific height of the user.
--Air nozzles will be guarded to eliminate the possibility of 
incidental contact, which could create mechanical damage to the air 
nozzles during the clothes cleaning process.
--Periodic maintenance checks of the booth will be conducted in 
accordance with the recommendations contained in the manufacturer's 
instruction manual.
--The air receiver tank supplying air to the manifold system will be of 
sufficient volume to permit no less than 20 seconds of continuous 
cleaning time.
--An appropriate hazard warning sign will be posted on the booth to 
state at a minimum, ``Compressed Air'' and ``Respirable Dust''.
--A pressure relief valve designed for the booth's air reservoir will 
be installed.
--The mine will exhaust dust-laden air from the booth into a local 
exhaust ventilation system or duct outside the facility while ensuring 
there is no re-entrainment back into the structure.

    The petitioner asserts that the proposed alternative method will at 
all times guarantee no less than the same measure of protection 
afforded by the standard.

Roslyn B. Fontaine,
Deputy Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances.
[FR Doc. 2018-22744 Filed 10-18-18; 8:45 am]
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