[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 70 (Thursday, April 12, 2007)]
[Pages 18481-18482]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-6912]



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

    Occupational Safety and Health Information Needs and Uses By Trade 
Associations and Labor Unions Within Eight Industrial Sectors--New--
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers 
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Background and Brief Description

    As mandated in the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (Pub. 
L. 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 (Web site, 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. NIOSH requests approval from OMB for eighteen months for this 
information collection.
    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 communication products will promote cooperation 
and trust between NIOSH and trade and labor groups for the future. The 
total estimated annualized burden hours are 376. There is no cost to 
respondents for participation in the survey except their time.

                                        Estimated Annualized Burden Hours
                                                                                  Average burden
                                                     Number of       Number of       hours per       Response
      Type of respondent            Form name       respondents   responses  per   response  (in      burden
                                                                     respondent       hours)
Health & safety personnel.....  Full form.......            1455               1           15/60             364
Health & safety personnel.....  Non-response                 357               1            2/60              12

    Dated: April 6, 2007.
Joan F. Karr,
Acting Reports Clearance Officer, Centers for Disease Control and 
[FR Doc. E7-6912 Filed 4-11-07; 8:45 am]