Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance 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 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. Currently, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is soliciting comments concerning the proposed extension of the ``Cognitive and Psychological Research.'' A copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the individual listed below in the ADDRESSES section of this notice.
Charter Renewal for the Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH)
In accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C., App. 2), and after consultation with the General Services Administration, the Secretary of Labor has determined that the charter renewal of the Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (``Committee'') is in the public interest. The Committee will better enable OSHA to perform the duties imposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (``OSH Act''), 29 U.S.C. 651 et seq.). Authority to establish this Committee is found in Sections 6(b) and 7(b) of the OSH Act, Section 41 of the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (33 U.S.C. 941), other general agency authority in Title 5 of the United States Code, and 29 CFR part 1912.
General Working Conditions in Shipyard Employment; Notice of Informal Public Hearing
OSHA is announcing that the informal public hearing on the proposed rule on general working conditions in shipyard employment in Seattle, WA, will be held at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel.
Petitions for Modification
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.
Clarification of Remedy for Violation of Requirements To Provide Personal Protective Equipment and Train Employees
OSHA is convening an informal public hearing to receive testimony and documentary evidence on the proposed rule for Clarification of Remedy for Violation of Requirements to Provide Personal Protective Equipment and Train Employees.
Tree Care Operations
OSHA is requesting data, information, and comment on tree care operations, including hazards, fatalities, and control measures, that the Agency can use in developing a proposed standard to control hazards and reduce injuries in those operations.
Mine Rescue Team Equipment
The final rule amends MSHA's existing standards addressing mine rescue team equipment at mine rescue stations serving underground coal and metal and nonmetal mines. It updates the existing standards to reflect advances in mine rescue team equipment technology to increase safety and improve the effectiveness of mine rescue teams.
Fire Extinguishers in Underground Coal Mines
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is revising the existing standard for the quantity and location of firefighting equipment in underground coal mines to assure that it is readily available to quickly extinguish a fire. In lieu of the existing requirements for rock dust and other firefighting equipment, this final rule allows the use of portable fire extinguishers in working sections of underground anthracite coal mines that have no electrical equipment at the working section and produce less than 300 tons of coal per shift. The rule also requires an additional fire extinguisher in lieu of rock dust at temporary electrical installations in all underground coal mines.
Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA); Prisoner Re-entry Initiative Grants
The Employment and Training Administration published a document in the Federal Register on September 5, 2008, announcing the availability of funds and solicitation for grant applications (SGA) under the Prisoner Re-entry Initiative to be awarded through a competitive process. This notice is the first amendment to the SGA and it amends the Key Dates and Part VIIAgency Contacts.
Office of Job Corps; Advisory Committee on Job Corps; Notice of Renewal of the Advisory Committee on Job Corps Charter
Notice is hereby given that after consultation with the General Services Administration, it has been determined that the renewal of an advisory committee on Job Corps is necessary and in the public interest. Accordingly, the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Job Corps has renewed the Advisory Committee on Job Corps charter with several minor revisions. The revisions are not intended to change the purpose or the Committee's original intent.
MSHA Approval and Certification Center Address Change
MSHA is amending its regulations to update the mailing address of the U.S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration, Approval and Certification Center (Center) in Triadelphia, West Virginia. The address of the Center has changed since publication of the regulations.
Alcohol- and Drug-Free Mines: Policy, Prohibitions, Testing, Training, and Assistance
The proposed rule would replace the existing metal and nonmetal standards for the possession and use of intoxicating beverages and narcotics and establish a standard for all mines. The proposed rule would designate the substances that cannot be possessed on mine property or used while performing safety-sensitive job duties, except when used according to a valid prescription. Mine operators would be required to establish an alcohol- and drug-free mine program, which includes a written policy, employee education, supervisory training, alcohol- and drug-testing for miners that perform safety-sensitive job duties and their supervisors, and referrals to assistance for miners who violate the policy. The proposed rule would also require those who violate the prohibitions to be removed from the performance of safety- sensitive job duties until they complete the recommended treatment and their alcohol- and drug-free status is confirmed by a return-to-duty test.