[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 23 (Thursday, February 3, 2011)]
[Pages 6138-6139]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-2421]



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 Carol E. Walker, CDC 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 

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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

    ``Characteristics of Mine Worker Resilience in Emergency Escape''--
New--National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description

    NIOSH, under Public Law 91-173 as amended by Publ. L. 95-164 
(Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977) has the responsibility to 
conduct research to improve working conditions and to prevent accidents 
and occupational diseases in underground coal mining.
    A mine emergency poses substantial psychological and emotional 
challenges for the miners and personnel who need to respond to an 
underground coal mining incident or escape from an underground mine. 
Psychological issues can continue to be a problem after the incident 
takes place, as evidenced by a number of suicides and loss of 
experienced mining and rescue personnel in the aftermath of mining 
disasters over the past decade. While attention has been paid to the 
products and technologies needed to prevent and respond to mine 
emergencies, the personal factors that influence resilience in 
emergency situations, especially those necessary for self-escape, have 
been largely overlooked.
    Resilience has been defined in a number of ways; this task will 
initially define resilience as the psychological and social 
characteristics of an individual miner and mine crew that help them to 
withstand significant adversity and to ``bounce back'' after a trauma. 
The authors of Strategies for Escape and Rescue from Underground Coal 
Mines concluded that developing resilient miners, who are able to 
respond and self-escape if necessary, is needed to improve emergency 
response in the U.S. underground coal industry [Alexander, et al. 
2010]. Furthermore, it is crucial to develop miners and mining crews 
who are equipped with the psycho-social resilience needed pre-, during, 
and post-event to support positive self-escape behaviors.
    The goal of this task is to define and measure resiliency in 
underground coal miners and mine crews through a survey instrument, and 
to recommend ways to increase their resilience such that they are 
psychologically prepared to self-escape and can psychologically recover 
in a healthy manner after a mine emergency.
    To accomplish this goal, NIOSH researchers will field test a 
measure of resiliency they have designed. A survey will be administered 
to 200 underground coal miners. The survey is designed to assess 
miners' resiliency. NIOSH will use the results of the survey to adapt 
and disseminate the measure. Eventually, the measure will provide data 
on miners' resiliency which, in the next phase of the task, will result 
in organizational interventions for a more psychologically resilient 
workforce. All participants will be between the ages of 18 and 65, 
currently employed, and living in the United States.
    Findings will be used to improve the definition and measure of 
resilience in coal mining. There is no cost to respondents other than 
their time.

                                        Estimated Annualized Burden Hours
                                                                     Number of    Average burden
                   Respondents                       Number of     responses per   response  (in   Total burden
                                                    respondents     respondent        hours)        (in hours)
Miners and Crew.................................             200               1           30/60             100
    Total.......................................  ..............  ..............  ..............             100

    Dated: January 26, 2011.
Carol E. Walker,
Reports Clearance Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
[FR Doc. 2011-2421 Filed 2-2-11; 8:45 am]