[Federal Register Volume 69, Number 229 (Tuesday, November 30, 2004)]
[Pages 69632-69633]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 04-26375]



Bureau of Labor Statistics

Proposed Collection, Comment Request

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to 
reduce paperwork and respondent burden,

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conducts a pre-clearance 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. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is soliciting comments 
concerning the proposed new collection of the ``Survey of Workplace 
Violence Prevention.'' A copy of the proposed information collection 
request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the individual listed below 
in the Addresses section of this notice.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the 
ADDRESSES section of this notice on or before January 31, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Send comments to Amy A. Hobby, BLS Clearance Officer, 
Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Room 4080, 
2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE., Washington, DC 20212, telephone number 
202-691-7628 (this is not a toll free number).

telephone number 202-691-7628. (See ADDRESSES section).


I. Background

    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) 
and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor 
(DOL), have agreed to conduct a survey to evaluate the employer's 
perspective regarding policies, training, and other related issues on 
workplace violence prevention, including risk factors associated with 
workplace violence and prevention strategies, in workplaces within the 
United States.
    As an integral part of a broad-based initiative to reduce the 
incidence of occupational violence in the United States, NIOSH 
conducts, funds, and publishes research on risk factors and prevention 
strategies related to workplace violence. In 2002, Congress 
appropriated two million dollars to NIOSH and directed them `` * * * to 
develop an intramural and extramural prevention research program that 
will target all aspects of workplace violence and to coordinate its 
efforts with the Departments of Justice and Labor.'' A portion of the 
intramural funding has been allocated to conduct the Survey of 
Workplace Violence Prevention.
    The findings of the survey will allow characterization of how the 
issue of workplace violence is being addressed in workplaces and may be 
useful to identify where educational interventions and prevention 
strategies are needed.

I.Desired Focus of Comments

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics is particularly interested in 
comments that:
     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.

III. Current Action

    Office of Management and Budget clearance is being sought for the 
Survey of Workplace Violence Prevention.
    The NIOSH has been conducting research on workplace violence risk 
factors and prevention strategies for a number of years using data from 
NIOSH sources, the BLS, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National 
Electronic Injury Surveillance System, and others. The vast majority of 
the knowledge regarding workplace violence is based on information 
about workers who have been victims of violent incidents, both fatal 
and nonfatal. Very little information exists regarding policies, 
training, and other related issues from an employer's perspective.
    To gather this information, NIOSH has elected to enter into an 
Interagency Agreement (IA) with the BLS. NIOSH recognizes that the BLS 
is an unbiased, reliable, and objective source of information and has 
established contacts and infrastructure to conduct such a survey.
    The data collected from the Survey of Workplace Violence Prevention 
will be used by NIOSH to identify by industry sector (the North 
American Industry Classification System/NAICS) and establishment size: 
(1) Workplace violence prevention polices and programs, (2) training 
regarding workplace violence prevention, (3) risk factors associated 
with workplace violence, and (4) workplace violence prevention 
    Type of Review: New collection.
    Agency: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    Title: Survey of Workplace Violence Prevention.
    OMB Number: 1220-NEW.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit; not-for-profit 
institutions; farms; and State, local or tribal government.
    Total Respondents: 40,000.
    Frequency: Nonrecurring.
    Total Responses: 40,000.
    Average Time Per Response: 20 minutes.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 13,334 hours.
    Total Burden Cost (Capital/Startup): $0.
    Total Burden Cost (Operating/Maintenance): $0.
    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 also will become a 
matter of public record.

    Signed in Washington, DC, this 22nd day of November, 2004.
Cathy Kazanowski,
Chief, Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
[FR Doc. 04-26375 Filed 11-29-04; 8:45 am]