Federal Register: March 20, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 53)
DOCID: fr20mr09-89 FR Doc E9-6030
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Mine Safety and Health Administration
DOCUMENT ACTION: Notice.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Health Standards for Diesel Particulates Matter (Underground Metal and Nonmetal Mines)
DATES: Submit comments on or before May 19, 2009.
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 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 Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is soliciting comments concerning the extension of the information collection related to the 30 CFR 57.5060, 57.5065, 57.5066, 57.5067, 57.5070, 57.5071, and 57.5075Health Standards for Diesel Particulates Matter (Underground Metal and Nonmetal Mines).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals
Diesel particulate matter (DPM) is a probable carcinogen that consists of tiny particles present in diesel engine exhaust that can readily penetrate into the deepest recesses of the lungs. Despite ventilation, the confined underground mine work environment may contribute to significant concentrations of particles produced by equipment used in the mine. Underground miners are exposed to higher concentrations of DPM than any other occupational group. As a result, they face a significantly greater risk than other workers of developing such diseases as lung cancer, heart failure, serious allergic responses and other cardiopulmonary problems.
The DPM rule for underground Metal and Nonmetal (MNM) miners establishes a permissible exposure limit (PEL) to total carbon, which is a surrogate for measuring a miner's exposure to DPM. The rule includes a number of other requirements for the protection of miners' health.
II. Desired Focus of Comments
MSHA is particularly interested in comments that:
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 & Regs'', and then selecting ``FedReg. Docs''. On the next screen, select ``Paperwork Reduction Act Supporting Statement'' to view documents supporting the Federal Register Notice.
III. Current Actions
Currently, the Mine Safety and Health Administration is soliciting comments concerning the proposed extension of the information collection requirement related to the health standard requirements for the protection of miners' health related to Diesel particulate matter for underground Metal and Nonmetal mines.
Underground mines are confined spaces which, despite ventilation
requirements, tend to accumulate significant concentrations of
particles and gasesboth those produced by the mine itself (e.g.,
methane gas and respirable dust) and those produced by equipment used
in the mine (e.g., diesel particulate). It is widely recognized that
respirable particles can create adverse health effects. This
information collection is provided to the MSHA inspector and used by
the agency to monitor the mine operator's compliance with the health standard.
Type of Review: Extension.
Agency: Mine Safety and Health Administration.
Title: Health Standards for Diesel Particulates Matter (Underground Metal and Nonmetal Mines).
OMB Number: 12190135.
Frequency: On Occasion.
Affected Public: Business or other forprofit.
Total Burden Hours: 3,331 hours.
Total Burden Cost (operating/maintaining): $176,363.
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 16th day of March, 2009. John Rowlett,
Director, Management Services Division.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
Contact the employee listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice.