[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 53 (Tuesday, March 20, 2007)]
[Pages 13114-13115]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 07-1341]



National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; Notice of 
Public Input Opportunity

AGENCY: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

SUMMARY: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health 
(NIOSH) announces the following availability of opportunity for the 
public to provide input regarding the draft document, ``Long-Term Field 
Evaluation (LTFE) Program Concept.''
    NIOSH is the Federal agency responsible for conducting research and 
making recommendations for the approval for self-contained, self-
rescuer (SCSR) closed circuit escape respirators, Title 42, Code of 
Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 84.
    The LTFE program for self-contained self-rescuers (SCSRs) for 
miners was initiated more than 20 years ago by the U.S. Bureau of 
Mines. The objective for the LTFE program is to obtain data to 
determine the expected performance characteristics of SCSRs used in the 
mining industry. LTFE program results based on scientific principles 
can provide useful information to monitor expected SCSR performance and 
assess possible degradation due to the physical stresses of in-mine 
use. Of utmost concern is the successful performance of any SCSR that 
passes its inspection

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criteria specified by the manufacturer. It is such apparatus that must 
be relied upon in an emergency.
    A copy of the draft document can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/review/public/NPPTL-LTFE/.

ADDRESSES: Comments should be submitted to the NIOSH Docket Office, 
Robert A. Taft Laboratories, 4676 Columbia Parkway. M/S C-34, 
Cincinnati, OH 45226, telephone 513/533-8450, fax 513/533-8285.
    Comments may also be submitted directly through the Web site http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/review/public/NPPTL-LTFE/.
    This document will remain available for comment until April 5, 
2007. Comments should reference docket number NIOSH-101 in the subject 
    All information received in response to this notice will be 
available for public examination and copying at the NIOSH Docket 
Office, Room 111, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226.

Contact Person For Technical Information: Les Boord, NIOSH Director for 
National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory, 626 Cochrans Mill 
Road, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236.
    There will also be a public meeting held on March 22, 2007 at the 
DoubleTree Pittsburgh Airport Hotel, 8402 University Blvd, Moon 
Township, PA 15108 regarding this topic.

    Dated: March 14, 2007.
John Howard,
Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 07-1341 Filed 3-19-07; 8:45 am]