[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 133 (Tuesday, July 12, 2011)]
[Pages 40918-40920]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-17410]



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 Daniel Holcomb, 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 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information shall have

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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

    Validation of an Occupational Safety and Health Questionnaire--
New--National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description

    The mission of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and 
Health (NIOSH) is to promote safety and health at work for all people 
through research and prevention. Under Public Law 91-596, Section 20 
and 22 (section 20-22, Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970), 
NIOSH has the responsibility to conduct research to advance the health 
and safety of workers. In this capacity, NIOSH will administer a 
questionnaire designed to assess differences in approaches to and 
perspectives of workplace safety between American-born and Latino 
immigrant workers.
    The rapid growth of the Latino immigrant population in the United 
States has increased the demand for Spanish-language occupational 
safety and health training materials. Typically, this need has been met 
by translating existing, English-language training materials into 
Spanish rather than developing new materials specifically designed for 
Latino immigrants. Critics suggest that such efforts frequently fall 
short of the mark because of poor translations and a failure to address 
the cultural, legal, educational and socio-economic realities that 
differentiate Latino immigrant workers from the American-born workers 
for whom the training materials were originally developed. The failure 
of current occupational safety and health training approaches with 
Latino immigrants is highlighted by data from Bureau of Labor 
Statistics indicating that significant occupational health disparities 
exist between Latino immigrant workers and American-born workers.
    A major obstacle to designing and assessing the impact of 
occupational safety and health training interventions with Latino 
immigrants is the lack of a rigorously validated questionnaire 
addressing the issues believed to be contributing to the occupational 
health disparities experienced by this group. In order to better 
understand some of the factors that may be contributing to the 
persistent occupational health disparities between Latino immigrant and 
American-born workers, NIOSH is developing a questionnaire that focuses 
on important occupational safety and health issues such as risk 
perception, risk acceptance, and workplace coping strategies. The 
content of this questionnaire was guided, in part, by data collected 
from focus groups conducted with both Latino immigrants and American-
born workers. Additionally, a review of the existing literature and 
feedback from experts in the field of occupational health disparities 
contributed to questionnaire content.
    For validation purposes, this questionnaire will be administered to 
a sample of approximately 600 workers employed in a broad range of 
industries. In order to account for differences in level of 
acculturation, 200 of the workers will be Latino immigrants who have 
been in the United States less than 2 years and 200 of the workers will 
be Latino immigrants who have been in the United States more than 5 
years. An additional 200 American-born workers will be given the 
questionnaire so that their responses may be contrasted with those of 
the Latino immigrants. Half of the workers will be male and the other 
half female. In order to account for potential regional differences, 
300 of the workers will be from New Mexico, a state that has 
historically always had a large Latino population and 300 workers will 
be from Ohio, a state that has only recently experienced a large 
increase in its Latino population. The sample sizes are not based upon 
power analyses comparing expected group differences. Rather, the sample 
sizes are based upon recommendations related to validation of 
questionnaires, both on the basis of individual items and the analysis 
of the underlying structure elements.
    Participants for this data collection will be recruited with the 
assistance of contractors who have successfully performed similar tasks 
for NIOSH in the past. The Latino immigrants will be assessed first so 
that an American-born workers sample can be recruited that can be 
matched in terms of occupation and industry. Depending upon literacy 
level and/or individual preferences, the questionnaire will be 
administered verbally or in ``paper and pencil'' format to participants 
in either English or Spanish. Based upon previous experiences working 
with these populations, it is estimated that each questionnaire will 
take approximately 75 minutes complete
    The purpose of this information collection is to validate a 
questionnaire assessing factors that are thought to contribute to the 
persistent occupational health disparities experienced by Latino 
immigrant workers. Once validated, this questionnaire can be used in 
other efforts to assess the impact of occupational safety and health 
interventions aimed at the Latino immigrant community. Without the 
benefit of this data, NIOSH will be unable to assess variables related 
to the occupational health disparities experienced by Latino immigrants 
or to assess the impact of occupational safety and health training 
interventions targeted at this group.
    Once this study is complete, results will be made available via 
various means including print publications and the agency internet 
site. NIOSH expects to complete data collection no later than March 
2012. There is no cost to respondents other than their time.

                                        Estimated Annualized Burden Hours
                                                     Number of       Number of      burden  per    Total burden
                                                    respondents    responses per   response  (in    (in hours)
                                                                    respondent        hours)
Respondents.....................................             600               1            1.25             750
    Total.......................................  ..............  ..............  ..............             750

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Catina Conner,
Acting Reports Clearance Officer, Centers for Disease Control and 
[FR Doc. 2011-17410 Filed 7-11-11; 8:45 am]