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Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations

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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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects. To request more information on the proposed projects or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, call 404-639-7570 and send comments to Kimberly S. Lane, CDC Reports Clearance Officer, 1600 Clifton Road, MS-D74, Atlanta, GA 30333 or send an email to

Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Written comments should be received within 60 days of this notice.

Proposed Project

Pilot Project to Evaluate the Use of Exposure Control Plans for Bloodborne Pathogens in Private Dental Practices—New—National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that healthcare workers sustain nearly 600,000 percutaneous injuries annually involving contaminated sharps. In response to both the continued concern over such exposures and the technological developments which can increase employee protection, Congress passed the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act directing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to revise the Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) Standard to establish requirements that employers identify and make use of effective and safer medical devices. That revision was published on January 18, 2001, and became effective April 18, 2001.

The revision to OSHA's BBP Standard added new requirements for employers, including additions to the exposure control plan and maintenance of a sharps injury log.

OSHA has determined that compliance with these standards significantly reduces the risk that workers will contract a bloodborne disease in the course of their work. However, exposure control plans for bloodborne pathogens, policies and standards for healthcare workers are based primarily on hospital data.

Approximately one-half of the 11 million healthcare workers in the United States are employed in non-hospital settings, including physician offices, home healthcare agencies, correctional facilities, and dental offices and clinics. Little information is known about the risk management practices in these non-hospital settings. In a small study conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found that although seven of the eight correctional healthcare facilities visited had written exposure control plans, only two were reviewed and updated annually as required by the OSHA BBP Standard. One reason postulated for non-compliance was that hospital-based standards, policies, and programs may not be appropriate to non-hospital settings. It is important to identify effective methods for using exposure control plans in non-hospital settings and to verify whether the specificity and relevance of bloodborne pathogen training and educational materials for non-hospital facilities can positively impact compliance in dental settings.

The purpose of this proposal is to understand how bloodborne pathogens exposure control plans are implemented in private dental offices, an important segment of the non-hospital based healthcare system. The proposed work will draw on research-to-practice principles and will be assisted by a strong network of dental professional groups, trade associations, and government agencies. Specific objectives are to:

(1) Inventory existing exposure control plans in private dental practices;Start Printed Page 9922

(2) determine whether the exposure control plan or other resource is actively used to prevent occupational exposures;

(3) determine available resources and barriers to use such as relevant educational materials, knowledge, costs, availability; and

(4) develop strategies to overcome key barriers to compliance.

The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) is a unique group of dental educators and consultants, researchers, clinicians, industry representatives, and other interested persons with a collective mission to be the world's leading advocate for the safe and infection-free delivery of oral healthcare. OSAP supports this commitment to dental workers and the public through quality education and information dissemination. OSAP's unique membership includes the variety of partners critical to gather the data on compliance with the OSHA bloodborne pathogens standard, identify barriers and develop strategies to overcome barriers to compliance.

OSAP will be conducting a web survey of private dental practices in the United States. Information collected will include an inventory of existing exposure control plans; whether the plan or other resource is actively used to prevent occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens; available resources and barriers to use such as relevant education materials, knowledge, costs, and availability. There are no costs to the respondents other than their time. OSAP is working with a publishing partner that has an email distribution list of 45,419 dentists, representing every state in the country. The list represents nearly one-third (32%) of the total population of working dentists in the United States.

The targeted number of completed questionnaires is estimated at about 22,700 (50% participation rate). The survey is estimated to take about 15 minutes for respondents to complete. This survey completion scenario yields an annualized hour burden estimate of 5,675 hours.

There are no costs to respondents other than their time.

Estimated Annualized Burden Hours

Type of respondentsForm nameNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAvg. burden per response (in hrs)Total burden (in hrs)
Private Dental PracticesBBP Exposure Control Plan Survey22,700115/605,675
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Kimberly S. Lane,

Deputy Director, Office of Scientific Integrity Office of the Associate Director for Science, Office of the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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[FR Doc. 2013-03180 Filed 2-11-13; 8:45 am]