September 22, 2011

MSHA Requests Comments on Information Collection Extension: Automatic Fire Sensor and Warning Device Systems; Examination and Test Requirements

Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), MSHA is not allowed to collect information without approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  The approval process requires that MSHA solicit public comments on the burden and utility of the proposed collection of information.  Under the PRA, MSHA is required to seek approval to renew previously authorized  information collections every three years.

MSHA is now soliciting comments on their proposed renewal of an information collection that the agency states “intended to help protect miners by assuring that MSHA inspectors can verify that automatic fire sensor and warning device systems are maintained and calibrated and will function properly when needed.”

MSHA’s summary burden estimates for the information collection as follows:

Total Respondents: 890.

Frequency: Weekly.

Total Responses: 8,896.

Estimated Total Burden Hours: 1,818

Estimated Total Burden Cost: $154,785.

Comments on the proposed extension of the information collection are due: November 21, 2011.

The Federal Register requesting comments is attached below.

MSHA Notice.Automatic Fire Sensor and Warning Devices

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