[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 83 (Friday, April 29, 2011)]
[Page 24028]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-10378]

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

[60-Day 11-0138]

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 or 
send comments to Carol Walker, CDC Acting Reports Clearance Officer, 
1600 Clifton Road, MS D-74, 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

    Pulmonary Function Testing Course Approval Program, 29 CFR 
1910.1043 (OMB No. 0920-0138)--Extension--The National Institute for 
Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description

    NIOSH has the responsibility under the Occupational Safety and 
Health Administration's Cotton Dust Standard, 29 CFR 1920.1043, for 
approving courses to train technicians to perform pulmonary function 
testing in the cotton industry. Successful completion of a NIOSH-
approved course is mandatory under the Standard. To carry out its 
responsibility, NIOSH maintains a Pulmonary Function Testing Course 
Approval Program. The program consists of an application submitted by 
potential sponsors (universities, hospitals, and private consulting 
firms) who seek NIOSH approval to conduct courses, and if approved, 
notification to NIOSH of any course or faculty changes during the 
approval period, which is limited to five years. The application form 
and added materials, including an agenda, curriculum vitae, and course 
materials are reviewed by NIOSH to determine if the applicant has 
developed a program which adheres to the criteria required in the 
Standard. Following approval, any subsequent changes to the course are 
submitted by course sponsors via letter or e-mail and reviewed by NIOSH 
staff to assure that the changes in faculty or course content continue 
to meet course requirements. Course sponsors also voluntarily submit an 
annual report to inform NIOSH of their class activity level and any 
faculty changes. Sponsors who elect to have their approval renewed for 
an additional 5 year period submit a renewal application and supporting 
documentation for review by NIOSH staff to ensure the course curriculum 
meets all current standard requirements. Approved courses that elect to 
offer NIOSH-Approved Spirometry Refresher Courses must submit a 
separate application and supporting documents for review by NIOSH 
staff. Institutions and organizations throughout the country 
voluntarily submit applications and materials to become course sponsor 
and carry out training. Submissions are required for NIOSH to evaluate 
a course and determine whether it meets the criteria in the Standard 
and whether technicians will be adequately trained as mandated under 
the Standard.
    There are no costs to respondents other than their time.

                                        Estimated Annualized Burden Hours
                                                             Number of        Average burden
             Respondents                  Number of        responses per    per response  (in   Total burden (in
                                         respondents         respondent           hours)             hours)
Initial Application.................                  3                  1                3.5                 11
Annual Report.......................                 35                  1              30/60                 18
Report for Course Changes...........                 12                  1              45/60                  9
Renewal Application.................                 13                  1                6.0                 78
Refresher Course Application........                 10                  1                8.0                 80
    Total...........................  .................  .................  .................                196

    Dated: April 25, 2011.
Carol Walker,
Acting Reports Clearance Officer, Centers for Disease Control and 
[FR Doc. 2011-10378 Filed 4-28-11; 8:45 am]