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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes a 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 the CDC Reports Clearance Officer at (404) 639-5960 or send an email to Send written comments to CDC Desk Officer, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC or by fax to (202) 395-6974. Written comments should be received within 30 days of this notice.

Proposed Project

Respiratory Protective Devices—42 CFR 84—Regulation—(0920-0109)—Reinstatement—National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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The regulatory authority for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) certification program for respiratory protective devices is found in the Mine Safety and Health Amendments Act of 1977 (30 U.S.C. 577a, 651 et seq., and 657(g)) and the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (30 U.S.C. 3, 5, 7, 811, 842(h), 844). These regulations provide the basis for the performance tests and the criteria to respirator manufacturers who submit respirators for testing and certification to be NIOSH-approved. Respirators are used by millions of American construction workers, miners, painters, asbestos removal workers, fabric mill workers, and fire fighters. Improved testing requirements have Start Printed Page 14255benefits industrial workers, and health care workers implementing the current CDC Guidelines for Preventing the Transmission of Tuberculosis. Recent developments have provided approvals for self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), Air-Purifying respirators, Powered Air-Purifying (PAPR) and Air-Purifying Escape respirators for use by fire fighters and other first responders to potential terrorist attacks. NIOSH, in accordance with 42 CFR 84: (1) Issues certificates of approval for respirators meeting specified construction, performance, and protection requirements; (2) establishes procedures and requirements to be met in filing applications for approval; (3) specifies minimum requirements and methods to be employed by NIOSH and by applicants in conducting inspections, examinations, and tests to determine effectiveness of respirators; (4) establishes a schedule of fees to be charged applicants for testing and certification, and (5) establishes approval labeling requirements.

Information is collected from respirator manufacturers such as; contact information, type of respirator, quality assurance plan, and draft labels, as specified in the regulation. The estimated annualized burden hours are 78,776.

There is no cost to the respondents other than their time.

Estimated Annualized Burden Hours:

Type of respondentsType of formsNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden response (in hours)
Respirator Manufacturers84.11 Applications43886
84.33 Labeling4382
84.35 Modifications43866
84.41 Reporting43823
84.43 Record Keeping43846
84.257 Labeling4383
84.1103 Labeling4383
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Dated: March 11, 2008.

Maryam I. Daneshvar,

Acting Reports Clearance Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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[FR Doc. E8-5259 Filed 3-14-08; 8:45 am]