[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 93 (Monday, May 14, 2012)]
[Pages 28395-28396]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-11606]



National Institutes of Health

Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Hazardous Waste Worker 

AGENCY: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Division 
of Extramural Research and Training, NIH, HHS.

SUMMARY: 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 National Institute of 
Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), the National Institutes of 
Health (NIH) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects to be 
submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and 
    Proposed Collection: Title: Hazardous Waste Worker Training--42 CFR 
part 65. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension of OMB No. 
0925-0348 and expiration date September 30, 2012. Need and Use of 
Information Collection: This request for OMB review and approval of the 
information collection is required by regulation 42 CFR part 65(a)(6). 
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) was 
given major responsibility for initiating a worker safety and health 
training program under Section 126 of the Superfund Amendments and 
Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA) for hazardous waste workers and 
emergency responders. A network of non-profit organizations that are 
committed to protecting workers and their communities by delivering 
high-quality, peer-reviewed safety and health curricula to target 
populations of hazardous waste workers and emergency responders has 
been developed. In twenty-four years (FY 1987-2011), the NIEHS Worker 
Training program has successfully supported 20 primary grantees that 
have trained more than 2.7 million workers across the country and 
presented over 160,913 classroom and hands-on training courses, which 
have accounted for nearly 36 million contact hours of actual training. 
Generally, the grant will initially be for one year, and subsequent 
continuation awards are also for one year at a time. Grantees must 
submit a separate application to have the support continued for each 
subsequent year. Grantees are to provide information in accordance with 
S65.4(a), (b), (c) and 65.6(a) on the nature, duration, and purpose of 
the training, selection criteria for trainees' qualifications and 
competency of the project director and staff, cooperative agreements in 
the case of joint applications, the adequacy of training plans and 
resources, including budget and curriculum, and response to meeting 
training criteria in OSHA's Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency 
Response Regulations (29 CFR 1910.120). As a cooperative agreement, 
there are additional requirements for the progress report section of 
the application. Grantees are to provide their information in hard copy 
as well as enter information into the WETP Grantee Data Management 
System. The information collected is used by the Director through 
officers, employees, experts, and consultants to evaluate applications 
based on technical merit to determine whether to make awards. Frequency 
of Response: Biannual. Affected Public: Non-profit organizations. Type 
of Respondents: Grantees. The annual reporting burden is as follows: 
Estimated Number of Respondents: 20; Estimated Number of Responses per 
Respondent: 2; Average Burden Hours per Response: 14; and Estimated 
Total Annual Burden Hours Requested: 560. The annualized cost to 
respondents is estimated at: $18,200. There are no Capital Costs, 
Operating Costs and/or Maintenance Costs to report.
    Request for Comments: Written comments and/or suggestions from the 
public and affected agencies should address one or more of the 
following points: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the function of the agency, 
including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) The 
accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed 
collection of information, including the validity of the methodology 
and assumptions used; (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and 
clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Ways to minimize 
the burden of the collection of information on those who are to 
respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, 
mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms 
of information technology.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request more information on the 
proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and 
instruments, contact: Joseph T. Hughes, Jr., Director, Worker Education 
and Training Branch, Division of Extramural Research and Training, 
NIEHS, P.O. Box 12233, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 or call non-
toll-free number (919)

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541-0217 or Email your request, including your address to 
[email protected].
    Comments Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection 
are best assured of having their full effect if received within 60 days 
of the date of this publication.

    Dated: March 27, 2012.
Joellen M. Austin,
Associate Director for Management.
[FR Doc. 2012-11606 Filed 5-11-12; 8:45 am]