[Federal Register Volume 64, Number 93 (Friday, May 14, 1999)]
[Pages 26459-26460]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 99-12219]



Mine Safety and Health Administration

Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public 
Comment and Recommendations; Quarterly Mine Employment and Coal 
Production Report

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: 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 proposed Quarterly Mine Employment 
and Coal Production Report (30 CFR 50.30, Form 7000-2).
    MSHA is particularly interested in comments which:
    * Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, 
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.
    A copy of the proposed information collection request can be 
obtained by contacting the employee listed below in the For Further 
Information Contact section of this notice.

DATES: Submit comments on or before July 13, 1999.

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ADDRESSES: Send comments to Theresa M. O'Malley, Chief, Records 
Management Branch, Program Evaluation and Information Resources, 4015 
Wilson Boulevard, Room 735A, Arlington, VA 22203-1984. Commenters are 
encouraged to send their comments on a computer disk, or via E-mail to 
tomalley@msha.gov, along with an original printed copy. Mrs. O'Malley 
can be reached at (703) 235-1470 (voice) or (703) 235-1563 (facsimile).

Records Management Branch, Office of Program Evaluation and Information 
Resources, U.S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health 
Administration, Room 735A, 4015 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22203-
1984. Mrs. O'Malley can be reached at tomalley@msha.gov (Internet E-
mail), (703) 235-1470 (voice), or (703) 235-1563 (facsimile).


I. Background

    The reporting and recordkeeping provisions in 30 CFR 50, 
Notification, Investigation, Reports and Records of Accidents, Injuries 
and Illnesses, Employment and Coal Production in Mines, are essential 
elements in MSHA's Congressional mandate to reduce work-related 
injuries and illnesses among the nation's miners.
    Section 30 CFR 50.30(a) requires mine operators and independent 
contractors working on mine property to report quarterly employment and 
coal production to MSHA on Form 7000-2. MSHA tabulates and analyzes the 
information from this form along with data from MSHA Form 7000-1, Mine 
Accident, Injury, and Illness Report (OMB No. 1219-0007), to compute 
incidence and severity rates for various injury types. These rates are 
used to analyze trends and to assess the degree of success of the 
health and safety efforts of MSHA and the mining industry.

II. Current Actions

    MSHA is seeking approval of the existing information collection 
requirements as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, as 
    Type of Review: Extension.
    Agency: Mine Safety and Health Administration.
    Title: Quarterly Mine Employment and Coal Production Report.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.
    Recordkeeping: 5 years after submission date.

                                                                                   Average time
                   Collection                        Quarterly     Total annual    per response    Burden hours
                                                     response        responses       (minutes)
7000-2 mailed...................................          17,203          68,812              30          34,406
7000-2 faxed....................................           1,912           7,646              30           3,823
7000-2 electronic...............................             624           2,496              15             624
Verify Data Mailer..............................             n/a          10,000              30           5,000
Correct Data Mailer.............................             n/a             247              15              62
    Totals......................................  ..............          89,205  ..............          43,915

    Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): 0.
    Total Burden Cost (operating/maintenance): $22,791.
    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: May 10, 1999.
George M. Fesak,
Director, Program Evaluation and Information Resources.
[FR Doc. 99-12219 Filed 5-13-99; 8:45 am]