[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 218 (Friday, November 13, 2009)]
[Pages 58631-58632]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-27334]



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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 Maryam I. Daneshvar, CDC Acting 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

    National Occupational Safety and Health Professional Workforce 
Assessment: Employer and Education Provider Survey Data Collection--
New--National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description

    The mission of the NIOSH is to generate new knowledge in the field 
of occupational safety and health (OS&H) and to transfer that knowledge 
into practice for the betterment of workers. Developing and supporting 
a new generation of practitioners is critical to the future of 
occupational safety and health. As part of its mission to increase 
safety and protect worker health, NIOSH funds programs to support 
occupational safety and health education through 17 regional 
university-based Education and Research Centers and 31 Training Project 
grants that train occupational safety and health professionals to meet 
the increasing demand for these professionals.
    Because of this central role NIOSH plays in the education and 
training of OS&H workers and because of the continually changing nature 
of the workplace, over the last 38 years NIOSH has sponsored 3 OS&H 
workforce assessments. These were conducted in 1977 and 1985 by NIOSH; 
and in 2000 the Institute of Medicine conducted a workforce assessment 
at NIOSH's request. NIOSH is planning to perform another assessment to 
examine the current and anticipated future professional OS&H workforce. 
The assessment will attempt to collect information from two groups--
employers of OS&H professionals and providers of training programs for 
OS&H professionals.
    The information collected from employers will concern the current 
supply and future demand for OS&H professionals; and the desired 
professional competencies (i.e., knowledge, skills, and abilities) 
required for the coming decade.
    To ensure that the overall proposed methodology for collecting 
information from employers is successful in collecting the information 
required, we will conduct a phase I study with a small group of 
employers. Should any needed methodological changes be identified, 
NIOSH will submit a request for modification to OMB. If no substantive 
methodological changes are required, the phase II study will proceed 
and the phase I data will be included in the phase II study data set. 
It is expected that approximately 744 employers will have to be 
screened in Phase I and 6,681 in Phase II to yield approximately 400 
employer responses (40 in the employer phase I, 360 in the employer 
phase II study).
    The initial step in the study of employers will be to sample the 
total number of establishments needed for screening. The phase I 
portion of employers then will be conducted using approximately 744 of 
the establishments sampled and the following methodology:
     A telephone screening to identify employers of OS&H 
professionals will be conducted. During the screening to identify 
employers of OS&H professionals, we will also obtain contact 
information for the most appropriate respondent. It is expected that 
the appropriate respondent will be

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the Human Resources Administrator for the employer.
     A letter describing the study will be mailed to all 
eligible phase I establishments inviting them to participate, and 
providing Web access information.
     Data collection then will be primarily by web 
questionnaire. After two weeks, all non-respondents will receive a 
special delivery service envelope containing another copy of the 
invitation letter. Two weeks later, telephone contact with non-
respondents will begin. Up to 7 attempts to contact each potential 
respondent by telephone will be made. (When contact is made, 
respondents will be encouraged to complete the questionnaire on the Web 
or by telephone at that time.)
    Assuming no methodological changes result from the phase I study, 
the phase II employer study then will begin with telephone screening of 
an additional 6,681 establishments. The data collection methodology 
will be identical to that described for the phase I study of employers.
    The study of educational providers will be a census of the 
approximately 400 educational providers identified and listed as part 
of this effort. There will be no sampling or screening activities. The 
information collected will be similar to that collected from employers. 
Beginning with the invitation letter, the data collection methodology 
for educational providers will be identical to that of the phase II 
study of the employers. We expect 180 educational providers to respond 
to either the Web or telephone questionnaire.
    There is no cost to any respondents other than their time.

                                                            Estimated Annualized Burden Hours
                                                                                                          Average number
                                                                                             Number of     of  responses  Average burden   Total  burden
               Type of respondent                               Form name                   respondents         per        per response        hours
                                                                                                            respondent       in hours
Human Resources Administrator..................  Employer Phase I Screening.............             744               1            5/60              62
Human Resources Administrator..................  Employer Phase I Questionnaire (Web or               40               1           32/60              21
Human Resources Administrator..................  Employer Phase II Screening............           6,681               1            5/60             557
Human Resources Administrator..................  Employer Phase II Questionnaire (Web or             360               1           32/60             192
Education Administrator........................  Provider Questionnaire (Web or                      180               1           22/60              66
    Total......................................  .......................................  ..............  ..............  ..............             898

    Dated: November 6, 2009.
Maryam I. Daneshvar,
Acting Reports Clearance Officer, Centers for Disease Control and 
[FR Doc. E9-27334 Filed 11-12-09; 8:45 am]