[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 142 (Monday, July 25, 2011)]
[Pages 44336-44337]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-18704]



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review

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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 

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Proposed Project

    Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) Intervention Effectiveness in 

Wholesale/Retail Trade Operations-New--National Institute for 

Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and 

Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description

    For the current study, the National Institute for Occupational 

Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation 

(OBWC) will collaborate on a multi-site intervention study at OBWC-

insured wholesale/retail trade (WRT) companies from 2011-2014. In 

overview, MSD engineering control interventions [stair-climbing, 

powered hand trucks (PHT) and powered truck lift gates (TLG)] will be 

tested for effectiveness in reducing self-reported back and upper 

extremity pain among 960 employees performing delivery operations in 72 

WRT establishments using a prospective experimental design (multiple 

baselines across groups with randomization). The costs of the 

interventions will be funded through existing OBWC funds and 

participating establishments. This study will provide important 

information that is not currently available elsewhere on the 

effectiveness of OSH interventions for WRT workers.

    Twenty-four OBWC-insured WRT establishments will be recruited from 

each of three total employee categories (<20 employees, 20-99 

employees, and 100+ employees) for a total of 72 establishments with 

3,240 employees. The study sub-sample (people, work groups or 

workplaces chosen from the sampling frame) will be volunteer employees 

at OBWC-insured WRT establishments who perform material handling tasks 

related to the delivery operations of large items (such as appliances, 

furniture, vending machines, furnaces, or water heaters) that are 

expected to be impacted by the powered hand truck (PHT) and truck lift 

gate (TLG) interventions. It is estimated that there will be 960 

impacted employees in the recruited establishments, which will be 

paired according to previous WC loss history and establishment size. 

Within each pair, one establishment will be randomly chosen to receive 

the PHT or TLG intervention in the first phase, and the other will 

serve as a matched control until it receives the same intervention 12 

months later.

    The main outcomes for this study are self-reported low back pain 

and upper extremity pain collected using surveys every three months 

over a two-year period from volunteer WRT delivery workers at 

participating establishments. Individuals will also be asked to report 

usage of the interventions and material handling exposures every three 

months over two years. Individuals will also be asked to complete an 

annual health assessment survey at baseline, and once annually for two 

years. A 20% sample of survey participants will also be asked to 

participate in a clinical assessment of low back function at baseline, 

and once annually for two years. In order to maximize efficiency and 

reduce burden, a Web-based survey is proposed for the majority (95%) of 

survey data collection. All collected information will be used to 

determine whether there are significant differences in reported 

musculoskeletal pain and functional back pain score ratios (pre/post 

intervention scores) when intervention and control groups are compared, 

while controlling for covariates. Once the study is completed, results 

will be made available through the NIOSH Internet site and peer-

reviewed publications.

    In summary, this study will determine the effectiveness of the 

tested MSD interventions for WRT delivery workers and enable evidence 

based prevention practices to be shared with the greatest audience 

possible. NIOSH expects to complete data collection in 2014. There is 

no cost to respondents other than their time. The total estimated 

annual burden hours are 3,001.

                                        Estimated Annualized Burden Hours


                                                                                  Number of     Avg. burden  per

         Type of respondent                Form name            Number of       responses per     response  (in

                                                               respondents       respondent          hours)


Delivery Workers in Wholesale/       Self-reported low                   960                 9              5/60

 Retail Trade (WRT) Operations.       back pain.

                                     Self-reported upper                 960                 9              5/60

                                      extremity pain.

                                     Self-reported                       960                 9              5/60

                                      specific job tasks

                                      and safety incidents.

                                     Self-reported general               960                 3             10/60

                                      work environment and


                                     Informed Consent Form               960                 1              5/60

                                      (Overall Study).

                                     Low Back Functional                 192                 3             20/60


                                     Informed Consent Form               960                 1              5/60

                                      (Low Back Functional


                                     Early Exit Interview.               106                 1              5/60


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    Dated: July 18, 2011.

Daniel Holcomb,

Reports Clearance Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

[FR Doc. 2011-18704 Filed 7-22-11; 8:45 am]