[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 40 (Wednesday, March 1, 2006)]
[Pages 10537-10538]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-2838]



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

[60 Day-06-06AV]

Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and 

    In compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 for opportunity for public comment on 
proposed data collection projects, the Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention (CDC) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects. 
To request more information on the proposed projects or to obtain a 
copy of the data collection plans and instruments, call 404-639-5960 
and send comments to Seleda Perryman, CDC Assistant Reports Clearance 
Officer, 1600 Clifton Road, MS-D74, Atlanta, GA 30333 or send an e-mail 
to [email protected].
    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information shall have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways 
to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, 
including through the use of automated collection techniques or other 
forms of information technology. Written comments should be received 
within 60 days of this notice.

Proposed Project

    Developing a Baseline of Occupational Safety and Health 
Communication Provided by Trade Associations and Labor Unions to Their 
Members in Eight Industrial Sectors-New-National Institute for 
Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description

    As mandated in the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (PL 
91-596), the mission of NIOSH is to conduct research and investigations 
on work-related disease and injury and to disseminate information for 
preventing identified workplace hazards (Sections 20(a) (1) and (d)). 
Through the development, organization, and dissemination of 
information, NIOSH promotes awareness about occupational hazards and 
their control, and improves the quality of American working life.
    Previous research has shown that trade associations and labor 
unions are primary sources of occupational safety and health (OSH) 
information. These organizations know the industries they represent and 
how to relate to the various groups within their respective industries. 
If NIOSH could learn more about the OSH-related activities of these 
organizations, it would be a first step in routinely partnering with 
them to communicate information which impacts worker safety and health. 
For example, through these organizations NIOSH could learn about unmet 
occupational safety and health information needs in industry and 
develop information and communication products to address these needs. 
Furthermore, with more focused information on the safety and health 
issues, NIOSH would be in a better position to develop impact 
communication products to serve this community.
    NIOSH proposes to obtain OSH information from trade associations 
and labor unions that represent each of the eight NIOSH National 
Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) industry sectors. These sectors are 
Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing; Mining; Construction; 
Manufacturing; Wholesale and Retail Trade; Transportation and 
Utilities; Public and Private Services; and Healthcare and Social 
Assistance Industries. The goals of this project are to determine (1) 
sources of occupational safety and health (OSH) information currently 
used by the different sector trade associations and labor unions, (2) 
OSH information presently being disseminated by these different trade 
associations and labor unions to their members, (3) channels of 
communication within the different sector associations and unions used 
to disseminate OSH information, (4) needs for specific types of OSH 
information, especially those needs not presently being serviced, (5) 
OSH concerns of industry trade associations and labor unions, (6) 
awareness and perception of NIOSH as a source of OSH information, (7) 
use of NIOSH information services (Website, printed materials, 800 
number, etc.), (8) usefulness of NIOSH information to address their OSH 
concerns and (9) credibility of NIOSH as a trusted source of 
occupational safety and health information. The ultimate desired 
outcome of this project is to reduce illness and injury for workers on 
jobs and tasks which pose high risks. Occupational Safety and Health 
information will be collected from a sample of trade associations and 
labor unions for each of the NORA industry sectors using a telephone 
survey. The data collection will be conducted over three years.
    To facilitate the survey, NIOSH will interact with trade 
association and labor organization staff within the industry sectors to 
ensure that (1) the survey questions developed appropriately capture 
the needed information, (2) the survey is well received and (3) that 
the data obtained is representative of the full range of occupations 
within the targeted industry sectors. These interactions will be 
structured to foster professional relationships that will improve 
NIOSH's future communication and information dissemination efforts to 
these important partners. The process of interacting and surveying the 
trade associations and labor unions will allow NIOSH to develop a 
benchmark against which future efforts in partnership and communication 
can be measured. Working cooperatively on new solutions and 
distribution of future

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communication products will promote cooperation and trust between NIOSH 
and trade and labor groups for the future. There is no cost to 
respondents for participation in the survey except other than their 

                                           Estimated Annualized Burden
                                                                     Number of
                     Sectors                         Number of      responses/        Average      Total burden
                                                    respondents     respondent     burden/hours        hours
Construction....................................             120               1           20/60              40
Mining..........................................              49               1           20/60            16.3
Healthcare and Social Assistance................             102               1           20/60              34
Transportation and Utilities....................             110               1           20/60              37
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing...............             129               1           20/60              43
Public and Private Services.....................             143               1           20/60              48
Wholesale and Retail Trade......................             137               1           20/60              46
Manufacturing...................................             145               1           20/60              48
    Total.......................................             935  ..............           20/60             312

    Dated: February 14, 2006.
Joan F. Karr,
Acting Reports Clearance Officer, Centers for Disease Control and 
[FR Doc. E6-2838 Filed 2-28-06; 8:45 am]