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NIOSH seeks comment on proposed survey of engineered nanomaterial OSH practices

Date: 16/2/2017

The US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a Federal Register notice on the 10th February 2017 inviting comment on a proposed information collection plan.  

The goal of the project, entitled “Survey of Engineered Nanomaterial Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Practices”, is to assess the relevance and impact of NIOSH’s contribution to guidelines and risk mitigation practices for safe handling of engineered nanomaterials in the workplace.  The intended use of the data is to inform NIOSH’s research agenda to enhance its relevance and impact on worker safety and health in the context of engineered nanomaterials.  

NIOSH states that it will survey companies who manufacture, distribute, fabricate, formulate, use, or provide services related to engineered nanomaterials.  After analysis, NIOSH will use the information to develop a final report.  This project will also help evaluate the influence of NIOSH products, services, and outputs on industry OSH practices.  

NIOSH specifically invites comment on:

  • Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of NIOSH, including whether the information shall have practical utility;
  • The accuracy of NIOSH’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information;
  • Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected;
  • Ways to minimise the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and
  • Estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information.

Further information is available here.  Comments must be submitted by 11th April 2017.

Source: Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

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