[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 47 (Monday, March 12, 2007)]
[Pages 11026-11027]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-4368]



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes a 
list of information collection requests under review by the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction 
Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). To request a copy of these requests, call 
the CDC Reports Clearance Officer at (404) 639-5960 or send an e-mail 
to [email protected]. Send written comments to CDC Desk Officer, Office of 
Management and Budget, Washington, DC or by fax to (202) 395-6974. 
Written comments should be received within 30 days of this notice.

Proposed Project

    Low Back Exposure Assessment Tool for Mining--NEW--National 
Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for 
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description

    The Federal Mine Safety & Health Act of 1977, Section 501, enables 
CDC/NIOSH to carry out research relevant to the health and safety of 
workers in the mining industry. Mining has one of the highest incidence 
rates for back pain of any industry, and back injuries are

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consistently the leading cause of lost work days in the industry. The 
objective of this project is to develop a self-administered, paper and 
pencil risk assessment tool for the development of low back disorders 
specifically directed towards use in the mining industry. Many current 
methods of assessing the risk of low back disorders do not address 
stressors that are relatively unique to the mining environment, 
including the restricted vertical spaces in many coal mines that 
require workers to adopt stooping or kneeling postures for extended 
periods of their workday.
    The low back exposure assessment tool for mining will assess 
various occupational exposures associated with development of back 
disorders in the literature (postural demands, lifting, whole body 
vibration exposure, individual and psychosocial issues), as well as 
specific mining stressors and will develop a score that will be used to 
assess the degree of risk for the job and the individual. The tool will 
be useful in both prioritizing jobs that need interventions to reduce 
low back disorder risk, and in evaluating the effectiveness of 
interventions through tool administration before and after the 
implementation of an intervention. There will be no cost to respondents 
other than their time. The total estimated annualized burden hours are 

                                        Estimated Annualized Burden Hours
                                                                                   Number of     Average  burden
                         Respondents                              Number of      responses per    per  response
                                                                 respondents       respondent       (in hours)
Surface and Underground Miners...............................      320 miners                1            15/60

    Dated: March 5, 2007.
Joan F. Karr,
Acting Reports Clearance Officer, Centers for Disease Control and 
[FR Doc. E7-4368 Filed 3-9-07; 8:45 am]