[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 149 (Wednesday, August 4, 2010)]
[Pages 46942-46943]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-19108]



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 20503 or by fax to (202) 395-
5806. Written comments should be received within 30 days of this 

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

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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(s).
     A letter will be mailed to all eligible phase I 
establishments describing the study, 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. The 
total estimated annual burden hours are 898.

                                        Estimated Annualized Burden Hours
                                                                                  Average number  Average burden
      Type of respondent                    Form name                Number of     of responses    per response
                                                                    respondents   per respondent     in hours
Employer......................  Employer Screening..............            7425               1            5/60
Employer......................  Employer Questionnaire (Web or               400               1           32/60
Provider......................  Provider Questionnaire (Web or               180               1           22/60

    Dated: July 29, 2010.
Maryam I. Daneshvar,
Reports Clearance Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
[FR Doc. 2010-19108 Filed 8-3-10; 8:45 am]