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Home > Nanotechnology Columns > Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. > CDC Seeks Additional Comment on Proposed NIOSH Project That Will Survey Engineered Nanomaterial Occupational Safety and Health Practices

Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

Abstract:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a Federal Register notice on September 11, 2019, to provide an additional 30-day comment period on its proposed information collection project entitled "Survey of Engineered Nanomaterial Occupational Safety and Health Practices."

September 13th, 2019

CDC Seeks Additional Comment on Proposed NIOSH Project That Will Survey Engineered Nanomaterial Occupational Safety and Health Practices

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a Federal Register notice on September 11, 2019, to provide an additional 30-day comment period on its proposed information collection project entitled "Survey of Engineered Nanomaterial Occupational Safety and Health Practices." 84 Fed. Reg. 47957. See https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/11/2019-19633/agency-forms-undergoing-paperwork-reduction-act-review As reported in our April 24, 2019, blog item, on April 23, 2019, CDC published a Federal Register notice inviting comment on the proposed information collection project. See https://nanotech.lawbc.com/2019/04/niosh-seeks-comment-on-proposed-information-collection-project-that-will-survey-engineered-nanomaterial-occupational-safety-and-health-practices/ and https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/04/23/2019-08149/proposed-data-collection-submitted-for-public-comment-and-recommendations According to CDC, no comments were submitted in response to its April 2019 notice. The goal of the project is to assess the relevance and impact of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's (NIOSH) contribution to guidelines and risk mitigation practices for the safe handling of engineered nanomaterials in the workplace.

The notice states that research under this project will survey companies who manufacture, distribute, fabricate, formulate, use, or provide services related to engineered nanomaterials. Under the project, the following activities and data collections will be conducted:

- Company Pre-calls. Sampled companies will be contacted to identify the person who will complete the survey and to ascertain whether the company handles engineered nanomaterials.

- Survey. A web-based questionnaire, with a mail option, will be administered to companies. The purpose of the survey is to learn directly from companies about their use of NIOSH materials and their occupational safety and health practices concerning engineered nanomaterials.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is particularly interested in comments that will help:

1. Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of NIOSH, including whether the information will have practical utility;

2. Evaluate the accuracy of NIOSH's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected;

4. Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses; and

5. Assess information collection costs.

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