Safety Defects; Examination,
Correction, and Records
Extension without change of a currently approved collection
36 Months From Approved
Section 103(h) of the Federal Mine
Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act), 30 U.S.C. § 813(h),
authorizes MSHA to collect information necessary to carry out its
duty in protecting the safety and health of miners. Title 30 C.F.R.
§§ 56.13015 and 57.13015 require compressed-air receivers and other
unfired pressure vessels to be inspected by inspectors holding a
valid National Board Commission and in accordance with the
applicable chapters of the National Board Inspection Code, a Manual
for Boiler and Pressure Vessels Inspectors, 1979. Safety defects
found on compressed-air receivers and other unfired pressure
vessels have caused injuries and fatalities in the mining industry.
Records of inspections must be kept in accordance with the
requirements of the National Board Inspection Code and the records
must be made available to the Secretary or an authorized
representative. Title 30 C.F.R. §§ 56.13030 and 57.13030 require
that fired pressure vessels (boilers) must be equipped with water
level gauges, pressure gauges, automatic pressure-relief valves,
blowdown piping and other safety devices approved by the American
Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) to protect against hazards
from overpressure, flameouts, fuel interruptions and low water
level. These sections also require that records of inspection and
repairs be retained by the mine operator in accordance with the
requirements of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, 1977, and
the National Board Inspection Code (progressive records - no limit
on retention time) and shall be made available to the Secretary or
an authorized representative. Title 30 C.F.R. §§ 56.14100 and
57.14100 require operators to inspect equipment, machinery, and
tools that are to be used during a shift for safety defects before
the equipment is placed in operation.
USC 813(h) Name of Law: Federal Mine Safety & Health Act of
US Code: 30
USC 811 Name of Law: Federal Mine Safety & Health Act of
Respondents: The number of
respondents decreased from 12,280 to 11,279 due to the decline of
the number of metal and nonmetal mines. Responses: The number of
responses increased from 4,101,012 to 5,487,441 due to a change in
the number of shifts worked by miners in mines with 1-19 employees.
Burden Hours: The number of burden hours increased from 881,962 to
1,236,293 due to an increase in the number of responses.
Recordkeeping Costs: The estimated annual cost increased from
$215,299 to $218,190 due to change in the number of responses.