Notice of Public Meeting
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the following meeting and request for public comment on the NIOSH Research Project entitled ``Effectiveness of Extension Ladder Safety Innovations''. The meeting will include a presentation/overview of the project that will be followed by comments on the technical and scientific aspects of the planned research. Viewpoints and suggestions from industry, labor, academia, other government agencies, and the public are invited. Written comments also will be considered. Written comments should be sent to Dr. Peter Simeonov, NIOSH, Division of Safety Research, Mailstop G800, 1095 Willowdale Road, Morgantown, West Virginia 26505-2888 or via E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, and should be received on or before March 31, 2008. Public Meeting Time and Date: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., April 9, 2008. Place: NIOSH, 1095 Willowdale Road, Conference Room L-1BCD, Morgantown, West Virginia 26505-2888. Purpose of Meeting: To provide individual comments on the technical and scientific aspects of the research proposal directed to the prevention of fall injuries associated with the use of extension ladders among construction workers. The proposed research seeks to establish engineering solutions, with human factors considerations beyond the traditional regulation and training approaches, to minimize the possibility of workers making unsafe choices or actions, and thus reduce fall-from-ladder incidents. Status: The meeting is open to the public, limited only by the space available (the room accommodates approximately 50 people). Due to limited space, notification of intent to attend the meeting must be made to Peter Simeonov, Ph.D., no later than March 31. Dr. Simeonov can be reached at (304) 285-6268 or by E-mail at email@example.com. Requests to attend the meeting will be accommodated on a first-come basis. Contact Persons for Technical Information: Hongwei Hsiao and Dr. Simeonov, Project Officers, Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, CDC, Mailstop G800, 1095 Willowdale Road, Morgantown, West Virginia 26505- 2888, (304) 285-5910 and (304) 285-6268, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com. Copies of the research proposal may be obtained by contacting Dr. Simeonov.
Notice of Public Meeting and Availability for Public Comment
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the following meeting and request for public comment on the following draft document: ``Asbestos and Other Mineral Fibers: A Roadmap for Scientific Research.'' The document can be found at http:// www.cdc.gov/niosh/review/public/099/. Instructions are provided for submitting comments. Public Comment Period: February 28 through May 31, 2007. Public Meeting Date and Time: May 4, 2007, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Place: Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20024. Purpose of Meeting: To discuss and obtain comments on the draft document, ``Asbestos and Other Mineral Fibers: A Roadmap for Scientific Research''. Special emphasis will be placed on discussion of the following: (1) Whether the hazard identification and discussion of health effects for asbestos and mineral fibers are a reasonable reflection of the current understanding of the evidence in the scientific literature, (2) The appropriateness and relevancy of the discussion of the current understanding of the analytical issues and the research needs for analysis of asbestos and mineral fibers, (3) The appropriateness and relevancy of the discussion of the current understanding of the epidemiological issues and the research needs for understanding the health effects of asbestos and mineral fibers, (4) The appropriateness and relevancy of the discussion of the current understanding of the toxicological issues and the research needs for understanding the health effects of asbestos and mineral fibers, and (5) The appropriateness and relevancy of the discussion of the path forward and whether the ultimate vision is a reasonable outcome for the proposed research strategy for asbestos and mineral fibers. Status: The forum will include scientists and representatives from various government agencies, industry, labor, and other stakeholders, and is open to the public, limited only by the space available. Persons wanting to attend and provide oral comments at the meeting are requested to notify Diane Miller no later than May 1, 2007 to reserve time for their comments. Those interested in attending without providing oral comments at the meeting also are requested to notify Ms. Miller by May 1, 2007 to reserve a seat. Ms. Miller can be reached by telephone at 513/533-8450 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Priority for attendance will be given to those providing oral comments. Other requests to attend the meeting will then be accommodated on a first-come basis. Unreserved walk-in attendees will be accommodated on the day of the meeting if space is available. Persons wanting to provide oral comments will be permitted up to 15 minutes. If additional time becomes available, presenters will be notified. Oral comments given at the meeting will be recorded and included in the docket. Written comments will also be accepted at the meeting. Written comments may also be submitted to Diane Miller, Robert A. Taft Laboratories, 4676 Columbia Parkway, MS C-34, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226, telephone 513/533-8450. All material submitted to the Agency should reference docket number NIOSH-099 and must be submitted by May 31, 2007 (public review closing date) to be considered by the Agency. All electronic comments should be formatted as Microsoft Word. Please make reference to docket number NIOSH-099. NIOSH seeks to obtain materials, including published and unpublished reports and research findings, relevant to the characterization of exposures and possible health risks of occupational exposure to asbestos and other mineral fibers. Examples of requested information include, but are not limited to, the following: (1) Identification of industries, occupations, and processes where exposure to mineral fibers may occur, including exposure to fiber-like cleavage fragments and thoracic-sized fibers (as defined in the draft NIOSH document). (2) Current and historical mineral fibers exposure measurement data, including exposure to fiber-like cleavage fragments and thoracic- sized fibers at various types of industries and jobs. (3) Case reports or other health information demonstrating health effects in workers exposed to mineral fibers, including exposure to fiber-like cleavage fragments and thoracic-sized fibers. (4) Reports of experimental in vivo, in vitro, and inhalation studies with rodents that provide evidence of biopersistence and/or of a dose-relationship between the particle dimension (e.g., fiber) of the mineral and its biological activity. (5) Information on sampling and analytical methods that could be used to improve the identification and differentiation of ``fibers'' of different dimensions and composition. (6) Information on technologies that could be used to separate thoracic-sized fibers, including fiber-like cleavage fragments, into discrete size dimensions in quantities sufficient for conducting chronic rodent inhalation studies. NIOSH will use this information to assess the scientific basis for the draft document and the need to revise research recommendations. Contact Person for Technical Information: Paul Middendorf, telephone (513) 533-8606, M/S C-9, Robert A. Taft Laboratories, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226. Contact Person for Submitting Comments/Meeting Attendance: Diane Miller, Robert A. Taft Laboratories, 4676 Columbia Parkway, M/S C-34, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226, telephone (513) 533-8450. All material submitted to the Agency should reference Docket Number NIOSH-099. All information received in response to this notice will be available for public examination and copying at the NIOSH Docket Office, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226.
NIOSH Pilot Study of Truck Driver Anthropometric and Workspace Dimensions; Meeting
Purpose: The public meeting will explain and discuss issues related to the current NIOSH pilot project and a possible large-scale research project on U.S. truck driver anthropometric and workspace data. This possible large-scale study will establish an anthropometric and workspace database for U.S. truck drivers. The database will be used to formulate anthropometric guidelines, develop digital human models for cab designs, and upgrade current standards for new generation cabs that would accommodate all trucking populations. Updated anthropometric information for cab design will help to increase truck drivers' visibility, operational comfort, maneuverability, and post-crash survivability, thereby possibly reducing fatal and nonfatal injuries. The current NIOSH pilot study will (1) identify critical cab design criteria and related human body dimensions, (2) establish test procedures for the large-scale project, and (3) develop research partnerships with interested parties. The scope of this pilot and possible large-scale study will be limited to medium and heavy trucks and their operators in the continental U.S. Special emphasis will be placed on discussion of the following issues: (1) What are the key anthropometric and workspace dimensions for the design of an ergonomically sound cab? (2) What are the essential adjustment parameters and values of the truck buck that is to be constructed for data collection? (3) What are the essential postures to be scanned in three- dimensional anthropometry that are to be used in computer simulation? (4) What are the essential cab accommodation models to be developed once updated anthropometric and workspace data become available? The public is invited to attend and will have the opportunity to provide comments. NIOSH will use this information to assess the scientific basis for the current pilot project and the possible large- scale project on U.S. truck driver anthropometric and workspace data. Status: The consortium meeting will include scientists and representatives from various government agencies, industry and other stakeholders and is open to the public, limited only by the space available. The meeting room accommodates 40 people. Due to limited space, notification of intent to attend the meeting must be made to Jinhua Guan, PhD, not later than April 14, 2006. Dr. Guan can be reached by telephone at (304) 599-4676 or by e-mail at email@example.com. Requests to attend the meeting will be accommodated on a first-come basis. Non-U.S. Citizens: Because of CDC Security Regulations, non-U.S. citizens wishing to attend this meeting must provide the following information in writing to Barbara Phillips (telephone: 304-285-6325; fax: (304) 285-6039; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than April 14, 2006: 1. Visitor's Full Name: 2. Gender: 3. Date of Birth: 4. Place of Birth (city, province, state, country): 5. Citizenship: 6. Passport Number: 7. Date of Passport Issue: 8. Date of Passport Expiration: 9. Type of Visa: 10. Visitor's Organization: 11. Organization Address: 12. Organization Telephone Number: 13. Visitor's Position/Title within the Organization: This information will be transmitted to the CDC Security Office for approval. Visitors will be notified as soon as approval has been obtained. A copy of the research protocol titled ''NIOSH Pilot Study of Truck Driver Anthropometric and Workspace Dimensions'' can be obtained from the CDC Internet at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs or a hard copy may be requested from the Docket Officer, Karen Dragon (see contact information below).