[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 235 (Wednesday, December 9, 2009)]
[Page 65129]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-29385]



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) 395-5806. 
Written comments should be received within 30 days of this notice.

Proposed Project

    National Coal Workers' Autopsy Study (NCWAS)--Extension--(0920-0021 
Exp. 1/31/2010) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health 
(NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description

    Under the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1977, Public 
Law 91-173 (amended the Federal Coal Mine and Safety Act of 1969); the 
Public Health Service has developed a nationwide autopsy program 
(NCWAS) for underground coal miners. The Consent Release and History 
Form are primarily used to obtain written authorization from the next-
of-kin to perform an autopsy on the deceased miner. Because a basic 
reason for the post-mortem examination is research (both 
epidemiological and clinical), a minimum of essential information is 
collected regarding the deceased miners, including occupational history 
and smoking history. The data collected will be used by the staff at 
NIOSH for research purposes in defining the diagnostic criteria for 
coal workers' pneumoconiosis (black lung) and pathologic changes and 
will be correlated with x-ray findings.
    It is estimated that only 5 minutes is required for the pathologist 
to put a statement on the invoice affirming that no other compensation 
is received for the autopsy. From past experience, it is estimated that 
15 minutes is required for the next-of-kin to complete the Consent 
Release and History Form. Since an autopsy report is routinely 
completed by a pathologist, the only additional burden is the specific 
request of abstract of terminal illness and final diagnosis relating to 
pneumoconiosis. Therefore, only 5 minutes of additional burden is 
estimated for the autopsy report.
    There are no costs to respondents other than their time. The total 
estimated burden hours are 21.

                                           Estimated Annualized Burden
                                                                                  Number of      Average burden
        Type of respondents                Form name            Number of       responses per   per response (in
                                                               respondents       respondent          hours)
Pathologist........................  Invoice..............                50                 1              5/60
Pathologist........................  NCWAS Checklist......                50                 1              5/60
Next-of-Kin........................  Consent Release                      50                 1             15/60

    Dated: December 3, 2009.
Maryam Daneshvar,
Acting Reports Clearance Officer, Centers for Disease Control and 
[FR Doc. E9-29385 Filed 12-8-09; 8:45 am]