[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 107 (Monday, June 5, 2006)]
[Page 32350]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-8653]



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 Notice of Public Input Opportunity

AGENCY: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of 
Health and Human Services (HHS).

SUMMARY: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health 
(NIOSH) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 
announces the following:
    Availability of opportunity for the Public to Provide Input on a 
proposed Web based document:

``NIOSH Safety and Health Topic: Chest Radiography''

    Notice: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health 
(NIOSH), acting on behalf of the Secretary of Health and Human Services 
(HHS), is responsible for prescribing the manner in which radiographs 
are read and classified for the chest x-ray program available to coal 
miners under the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act, 30 U.S.C. 843; 42 
CFR part 37. In carrying out this responsibility, NIOSH issues B Reader 
certifications to physicians who demonstrate proficiency in the 
classification of chest radiographs for the pneumoconioses using the 
International Labour Office (ILO) Classification System. NIOSH uses 
these B Readers in its Coal Workers Health Surveillance Program. B 
Readers are also employed in a variety of other clinical, research and 
compensation settings. NIOSH-certified B Readers use the 
internationally-recognized ILO system to classify chest radiographs for 
the presence and severity of pulmonary parenchymal and pleural changes 
potentially caused by exposure to dusts such as asbestos, silica, and 
coal mine dust. NIOSH requested comments on its previous draft Web 
pages: ``Recommendations for Applying the International Labour Office 
(ILO) International Classification of Radiographs of Pneumoconioses in 
Medical Diagnosis, Research and Population Surveillance, Worker Health 
Monitoring, Government Program Eligibility, and Compensation Settings'' 
and ``Ethical Considerations for B Readers'' [Federal Register, Vol. 
70, No. 221 (Thursday, November 17, 2005/Notices at 69765-6)]. Based on 
the comments it received, NIOSH has developed a revised and expanded 
Web site that includes materials from those web pages and provides more 
information about radiographic reading and the ILO system, including 
recommendations for use of the ILO system in different settings.
    We are specifically seeking public comment for the draft revised 
Web site:

``NIOSH Safety and Health Topic: Chest Radiography''

    We are particularly interested in receiving public comment on the 
following Web page and associated pages located within the larger Web 
site: ``Recommended Practices for Reliable Classification of Chest 
Radiographs by B Readers.''
    The Web site ``NIOSH Safety and Health Topic: Chest Radiography'' 
can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/chestradiography/.
    Please review and submit your comments on this document to 
[email protected]. If you would prefer to have a hard copy rather 
than electronic, please contact NIOSH at this same e-mail address, and 
we will be happy to fax or mail copies of the documents to you.
    The documents will remain available for comment until October 1, 
2006. After that date, NIOSH will consider all the comments submitted 
and make appropriate revisions to the document before posting a final 
version on its Web site.

Division of Respiratory Disease Studies, Mailstop H-2900, 1095 
Willowdale Road, Morgantown, WV 26505, 304-285-5749.
    Information requests can also be submitted by e-mail to 
[email protected].

    Dated: May 26, 2006.
John Howard,
Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
[FR Doc. E6-8653 Filed 6-2-06; 8:45 am]