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Proposed Extension of Existing Information Collection; Hazard Communication (HazCom)

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Mine Safety and Health Administration, Department of Labor.


Notice of request for public comments.


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 continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to assure 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 Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is soliciting comments concerning the extension of the information collection for 30 CFR part 47.


All comments must be postmarked or received by midnight Eastern Standard Time on June 14, 2011.


Comments must be clearly identified with the rule title and may be submitted to MSHA by any of the following methods:

(1) Electronic mail:

(2) Facsimile: 202-693-9441.

(3) Regular Mail: MSHA, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2350, Arlington, VA 22209-3939.

(4) Hand Delivery or Courier: MSHA, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2350, Arlington, VA 22209-3939. Sign in at the receptionist's desk on the 21st floor.

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Mario Distasio, Chief of the Economic Analysis Division, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, MSHA, at (e-mail), 202-693-9445 (voice mail), 202-693-9441 (facsimile).

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I. Background

Section 101(a)(7) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, as amended (Mine Act) requires, in part, that mandatory standards prescribe the use of labels or other appropriate forms of warning as are necessary to insure that miners are apprised of all hazards to which they are exposed, relevant symptoms and appropriate emergency treatment, and proper conditions and precautions for safe use or exposure.

MSHA collected evidence from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's (NIOSH) Occupational Health Survey of Mining and other sources indicating that there were chemical exposures occurring in every type of mine, although every miner may not have been exposed. MSHA became concerned that miners were being exposed to chemicals and may not have known the hazards of those chemicals or the appropriate precautions to prevent injury or illness caused by exposure to a hazardous chemical.

II. Desired Focus of Comments

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 has 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 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 information collection request can be obtained by contacting the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION section of this notice, or viewed on the Internet at and by selecting “FedReg. Docs” under “Rules & Regs” on the right side of the screen. On the next screen, select “Information Collection Requests” to view documents supporting this Federal Register notice.

III. Current Actions

This notice contains the request for an extension of the existing collection of information in 30 CFR Part 47. MSHA does not intend to publish the results from this information collection and is not seeking approval to either display or not display the expiration date for the OMB approval of this information collection.

There are no certification exceptions identified with this information collection and the collection of this information does not employ statistical methods.

Type of Review: Renewal.

Agency: Mine Safety and Health Administration.

OMB Number: 1219-0133.

Frequency: Daily, weekly, monthly, semi-annually, and on occasion.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.

Cost to Federal Government: There are no costs to the federal government.

Total Number of Respondents: 22,381.

Total Number of Responses: 813,753.

Total Burden Hours: 177,668 hours.

Total Hour Burden Cost (operating/maintaining): $13,199.

Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for Office of Start Printed Page 21411Management and Budget approval of the information collection request; they will also become a matter of public record.

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Dated: April 12, 2011.

Patricia W. Silvey,

Certifying Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2011-9192 Filed 4-14-11; 8:45 am]