IMPLEMENTING HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE TRAINING FOR EMERGENCY RESPONDERS

RELEASE DATE:  February 28, 2002

RFA: OH-02-009

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for 
Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) 
 (http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/homepage.html)
 
LETTER OF INTENT RECEIPT DATE: April 14, 2002

APPLICATION RECEIPT DATE: May 14, 2002

THIS RFA CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION

o Purpose of the RFA
o Program Objectives
o Mechanism(s)of Support
o Funds Available
o Eligible Institutions
o Individuals Eligible to Become Principal Investigations
o Special Requirements
o Where to Send Inquiries
o Pre-Application Conference Call
o Letter of Intent
o Submitting an Application
o Peer Review Process
o Review Criteria
o Receipt and Review Schedule
o Award Criteria
o Required Federal Citations

PURPOSE OF THIS RFA

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for 
Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announces the availability of fiscal 
year 2002 funds for a cooperative agreement to develop and conduct a 
comprehensive national training program for emergency responders, primarily 
firefighters, who are exposed to hazardous materials.  Emergency response 
personnel who respond to hazardous waste releases and sites are often faced 
with unknown hazardous conditions that pose health and safety concerns. The 
training of emergency personnel to recognize hazardous situations and in the 
use of appropriate protective equipment can prevent or minimize work-related 
injuries. The purpose of this program is to provide funding for the 
implementation of a national training program for emergency personnel who are 
responsible for responding to these hazardous emergency situations.  In 
addition, this cooperative agreement will significantly strengthen the 
occupational public health infrastructure by providing resources for 
occupational safety and health training programs at the State and local 
levels.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

Background

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act 
(CERCLA) of 1980 provided for the identification, reporting, and response 
action to the release of hazardous substances into the environment. In 1999, 
the National Response Center (NRC), the federal agency of contact for 
reporting all oil, chemical, radiological, biological and etiological 
discharges into the environment anywhere in the United States and its 
territories, received 97,464 calls.  Over 30,000 official incidents are 
reported per year, approximately 25% of these reported incidences have 
unidentified hazards.  Often the people who first respond to these incident 
reports include local and state firefighters, police, and other emergency 
personnel.

It is estimated that there are between 2-3 million emergency responders in 
the country, and firefighters comprise the largest group. The National Fire 
Protection Association (NFPA) has estimated there were more than 1,000,000 
firefighters in 1996 and over 250,000 fire department calls were related to 
hazardous materials. In 2001, the numbers have increased significantly.  
Emergency responders are at high risk for injury and illness due to the 
uncontrolled environments in which they work.  A recent assessment of the 
injuries and fatalities of firefighters, using information from the National 
Occupational Mortality Surveillance (NOMS) system, found a high risk for 
falls, an excess of deaths from fire-related exposures, and an excess of 
deaths from leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma.  These higher 
incidences may be significantly reduced through improved training for working 
in these hazardous environments.

This cooperative agreement will support occupational health and safety 
research, intervention, and education programs that are developed to enhance 
the training of emergency response personnel who have a responsibility for 
responding to and controlling hazardous emergencies.  

Objectives

The goal of this cooperative agreement is to reduce the number of injuries to 
workers who are often the first-line response to hazardous waste incidents 
through the support of a national program that 1) identifies the training 
needs of emergency response personnel, 2) develops and conducts a national 
training program, 3) provides qualified instructors and faculty to train 
emergency response personnel, coordinating efforts at the State, local and 
community level, and 4)evaluates the effectiveness and impact of the training 
program on reducing injuries to emergency response personnel.  The training 
provided by this national program will satisfy current OSHA guidelines and 
other requirements for training emergency responders who are first responders 
to hazardous substance incidents. Further information regarding OSHA training 
guidelines for hazardous waste operations and emergency response [29 CFR 
1910.120(q)(6)]can be found at
http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=9765

USEFUL REFERENCES

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.  National Occupational 
Research Agenda. Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human 
Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) 
Publication No.96-115 (www.cdc.gov/niosh/nora.html). 

MECHANISM OF SUPPORT

The NIOSH U01 is a cooperative agreement award mechanism in which the 
Principal Investigator retains the primary responsibility and dominant role 
for planning, directing, and executing the proposed project, with NIOSH staff 
being substantially involved as a partner with the Principal Investigator, as 
described under the section Special Requirements.

The total project period for an application submitted in response to the 
current RFA may not exceed five (5) years.  The anticipated award date is 
July 1, 2002.  The award and level of support depends on the receipt of 
applications of high scientific merit.  Although this program is provided for 
in the financial plans of NIOSH, the award pursuant to this RFA is contingent 
upon the availability of funds for this purpose.

This RFA uses the Detailed Budget Format, rather than the modular grant 
budget format.

FUNDS AVAILABLE

NIOSH intends to commit approximately $2 million in FY 2002 to fund up to two 
awards in response to this RFA. An applicant may request a 12-month budget 
period for a total project period up to five (5) years.  Continuation awards 
within the project period will be made yearly on the basis of satisfactory 
progress and availability of funds in future years.

Use of Funds

Applicants should include in their budgets funds for three trips for meetings 
to be held in Washington, D.C. The purpose of these meetings is to provide an 
opportunity for the exchange and dissemination of program and technical  
information.

ELIGIBLE INSTITUTIONS

You may submit (an) application (s) if your institution has any of the 
following characteristics:

o For-profit or non-profit organizations
o Public or private institutions, such as universities, colleges, hospitals, 
and laboratories.
o Units of State and local governments
o Eligible agencies of the Federal government
o Domestic or foreign
o Faith-based organizations

INDIVIDUALS ELIGIBLE TO BECOME PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS

Any individual with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry 
out the proposed research is invited to work with their institution to 
develop an application for support.  Individuals from underrepresented racial 
and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always 
encouraged to apply for NIOSH programs.

Note: Title 2 of the United States Code section 1611 states that an 
organization described in section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that 
engages in lobbying activities is not eligible to receive Federal funds 
constituting an award, grant, or loan.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Special instructions for defining project plans are included in the public 
health service grant guidelines (PHS 398, page 15)and should address the 
following questions 1)What do you intend to do to address the problem, 2)Why 
is the work important, 3)What has already been done to address this need, and 
4)How are you going to do the work to address the needs of the program. Items 
a-d should be organized to address these questions in detail.

a. Specific Aims:  Identify the broad, long-term objectives of the proposed 
project and expected accomplishments. 

b. Background and Significance:  Briefly provide relevant background 
information related to this project, include a critique of existing training 
programs for emergency responders, primarily firefighters, in the area of 
hazardous materials emergency response. Identify training gaps that the 
proposed project will address. Describe the need for the comprehensive 
national training program and how this project will satisfy this need.

c. Preliminary Studies:  Preliminary studies/activities conducted by the 
principal investigator/program director should be included to establish past 
experience and competence in the project area. Include a list of appropriate 
publications and manuscripts. 

d. Project Design and Methods:  Describe in detail the project design and 
methods that will be used to achieve the objectives of the project for the 
five-year period, the steps to be undertaken in planning, implementing and 
evaluating this project, and the respective responsibilities of the applicant 
and other personnel for carrying out those steps.  The project design and 
methods should specifically address how the goals of the program will be met 
to include 1) assessing the need for a national training program, 2) 
developing and conducting a five year training plan to meet those needs, 3) 
providing qualified instructors and faculty to train emergency response 
personnel, 4)evaluating the training program and the impact on occupational 
safety and health, and 5)how the proposed project satisfies current OSHA 
guidelines and other requirements for training emergency responders to 
hazardous substance incidents. 

A schedule for accomplishing each of the tasks to be carried out during the 
project period (include a time-line for activities) and a method for 
evaluating the accomplishments should be provided.  In addition, describe the 
names and qualifications of the proposed staff and time allocated for them to 
accomplish program activities; the support staff available for the project; 
the instructors for the program; and audio-visual support, the facilities, 
space, and equipment available for the project.

The applicant should include plans for an External Advisory Committee 
comprised of three or more members from local, State, and community agencies 
and organizations, who are recognized as leaders in the hazardous materials 
field and occupational and environmental health fields, that will provide 
overall guidance and advice to the program director and staff on program 
direction. 

Letters of support from professional/community organizations, agencies and 
worker groups whose participation is essential for program success (such as 
firefighter groups, potential trainees, groups who will provide replacement 
teams, community and State agencies, other Federal agencies, etc.) should be 
included.  Submit a plan for evaluating the comprehensive national training 
program and its impact on emergency response preparation, including tracking 
trainee activities.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Under the cooperative agreement, the NIOSH purpose is to support and/or 
stimulate the recipient's activity by involvement in, and otherwise working 
jointly with, the award recipient in a partner role, but it is not to assume 
direction, prime responsibility, or a dominant role in the activity.  
Consistent with this concept, the dominant role and prime responsibility for 
the activity resides with the awardee(s) for the project as a whole, although 
specific tasks and activities in carrying out the studies may be shared among  
the awardees and the NIOSH collaborators where appropriate, including the 
following:

1. Recipient Responsibilities

The recipient will coordinate project activities, academically, 
scientifically and administratively, at the awardee institution and at the 
other sites that may be supported by sub-contractors to this award.  The 
applicant will have primary authority and responsibility to define objectives 
and approaches; to identify and train the target populations; to plan and 
conduct a national program for hazardous substance training for first 
responders, to analyze and evaluate the training impact; and to publish 
results, interpretations, and conclusions of activities conducted under the 
terms and conditions of the cooperative agreement award.  Recipient will:

a. Conduct a national training program

b. Use mechanisms to ensure that the training provided is effective and 
comprehensive and data collection and management procedures have necessary 
quality control and assure confidentiality of data;

c. Submit an annual progress report to the Grants Management Branch no later 
than 90 days after the end of the project period. The report should provide a 
summary of project expenditures and accomplishments including a summary of 
yearly activities, number and type of courses delivered, number of people 
trained and a profile of trainees, including gender, State, employer, type of 
firefighter (career or volunteer), etc.;

d. Collaborate in the reporting of findings; 

e. Provide program management oversight for the project;

f. Ensure that the national training program meets current OSHA guidelines 
and other requirements for training emergency responders who are first 
responders to hazardous substance incidents.

2. NIOSH Responsibilities

NIOSH anticipates having substantial scientific and programmatic involvement 
during the conduct of this project through technical assistance, advice, and 
coordination.  NIOSH will:

o Provide technical assistance and consultation, through site visits and 
correspondence, to identify needs, program development and implementation.

o If requested, provide scientific review and technical assistance in the 
development of curriculum materials.

o If needed, provide on site technical consultation during the training 
programs with recommendations to assist the trainers.

o Provide technical assistance in the development of an evaluation plan.

o Assist in the dissemination of training information to appropriate 
personnel.

WHERE TO SEND INQUIRIES

We encourage inquiries concerning this RFA and welcome the opportunity to 
answer questions from potential applicants.  Inquiries may fall into three 
areas: scientific/research, peer review, and financial or grants management 
issues.  This RFA and other CDC Announcements can be found on the CDC 
HomePage (www.cdc.gov) under the Funding 
section (see Grants and Cooperative Agreements scroll down to Occupational
Safety and Health).  This RFA can also be found on the NIOSH HomePage 
(www.cdc.gov/niosh) under Extramural 
Programs, Current Funding Opportunities.

Direct your questions about programmatic issues to:

Bernadine Kuchinski, Ph.D.
Office of Extramural Programs
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road, N.E.
Executive Park, Building 24, Room 1618, MS E-74
Atlanta, GA  30333
Telephone: 404-498-2537
FAX: 404-498-2571
Email: bkuchinski@cdc.gov

Direct your questions about financial or grants management matters to:

Mr. Joe Gilchrist
Contracts Management Branch
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
626 Cochrans Mill Road
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15236-0070
CDC Announcement Number CDC 02036
Telephone: 412-386-6428
Email:jgilchrist@cdc.gov

PRE-APPLICATION CONFERENCE CALL

Applicants are invited by NIOSH to participate in a pre-application technical 
assistance telephone conference call on April 2, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern 
Standard Time) to discuss:  programmatic issues regarding this program, how 
to apply, and questions regarding the content of the RFA.  The conference 
name is HAZARDOUS.  The telephone bridge number is 800-311-3437.  Interested 
parties will need the conference code (178997) to participate.

LETTER OF INTENT

Prospective applicants are asked to submit a letter of intent by April 14, 
2002, that includes the following information:

o Descriptive title of the proposed research
o Name, address, and telephone number of the Principal Investigator
o Names of other key personnel
o Participating institutions
o Number and title of this RFA

Although a letter of intent is not required, is not binding, and does not 
enter into the review of an application, the information that it contains is 
used to estimate the potential review workload and plan the review.

The letter of intent is to be sent by the date listed at the beginning of 
this document.  The letter of intent should be sent to: 

Pervis C. Major, Ph.D.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
1095 Willowdale Rd.
Morgantown, WV 26505
Telephone 304-285-5979
Fax 304-285-6147
Email: pmajor@cdc.gov 

SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION   

Applications must be prepared using the PHS 398 research grant application 
instructions and forms (rev. 5/2001).  The PHS 398 is available at 
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html in an interactive 
format. For further assistance contact GrantsInfo, Telephone 301/435-0714, 
Email: GrantsInfo@nih.gov.  Information
to prepare a detailed budget is provided in the instructions.  If the proposed
project involves organizations or persons other than those affiliated with the
applicant organization, letters of support and/or cooperation must be included.

USING THE RFA LABEL: The RFA label available in the PHS 398 (rev. 5/2001) 
application form must be affixed to the bottom of the face page of the 
application.  Type the RFA number on the label.  Failure to use this label 
could result in delayed processing of the application such that it may not 
reach the review committee in time for review.  In addition, the RFA title 
and number must be typed on line 2 of the face page of the application form 
and the YES box must be marked. The RFA label is also available at: 
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/label-bk.pdf. 

SENDING AN APPLICATION TO THE NIH: Submit a signed, typewritten original of 
the application, including the Checklist, and three signed photocopies, in 
one package to:  

Center for Scientific Review (CSR)
National Institutes of Health
6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 1040, MSC 7710
Bethesda, MD  20892-7710
Bethesda, MD  20817 (for express/courier service)

At the time of submission, two additional copies of the application must also
be sent to:

Pervis C. Major, Ph.D.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
1095 Willowdale Rd
Morgantown, WV 26505
Telephone 304-285-5979
Fax 304-285-6147
Email: pmajor@cdc.gov 

APPLICATION PROCESSING: Applications must be received by May 14, 2002.  If 
an application is received after that date, it will be returned to the 
applicant without review.  

The Center for Scientific Review (CSR) and NIOSH will not accept any 
application in response to this RFA that is essentially the same as one 
currently pending initial review, unless the applicant withdraws the pending 
application.  CSR and NIOSH will not accept any application that is 
essentially the same as one already reviewed.  This does not preclude the 
submission of a substantial revision of an application already reviewed, but 
such an application must include an Introduction addressing the previous 
critique.

PEER REVIEW PROCESS

Upon receipt, applications will be reviewed for completeness by CSR and 
responsiveness by NIOSH.  Incomplete applications will be returned to the 
applicant without further consideration.  And, if the application is not 
responsive to the RFA, CSR staff may contact the applicant to determine 
whether to return the application to the applicant or submit it for review in 
competition with unsolicited application at the next appropriate NIH review 
cycle.

Applications that are complete and responsive to the RFA will be evaluated 
for scientific and technical merit by a scientific review group convened by 
NIOSH in accordance with the review criteria stated below.  As part of the 
initial merit review, all applications will:

o Receive a written critique
o Undergo a process in which only those applicants deemed to have the highest 
scientific or technical merit, generally the top half of the applications 
under review, will be discussed and assigned a priority score
o Receive a second level of review by the NIOSH Secondary Review Committee.

REVIEW CRITERIA

The criteria that NIOSH will use to review applications for scientific merit 
and for meeting program objectives are provided below.  In the written 
comments, reviewers will be asked to discuss the following aspects of your 
application in order to judge the likelihood that the proposed research will 
have a substantial impact on the pursuit of these goals:

o Significance
o Approach
o Innovation
o Investigator
o Environment

The scientific review group will address and consider each of these criteria 
in assigning your application's overall score, weighting them as appropriate 
for each application.  Your application does not need to be strong in all 
categories to be judged likely to have major scientific impact and thus 
deserve a high priority score.  For example you may propose to carry out 
important work that by its nature is not innovative but essential to move a 
field forward.

SIGNIFICANCE:
 
o Did the applicant communicate the needs and objectives of providing a 
comprehensive national training program for emergency responders, primarily 
firefighters, in the area of hazardous materials emergency response?

o Is the application responsive and relevant to the objectives outlined in 
the RFA? Have the broad, long-term objectives of the project and expected 
accomplishments been defined?

o Did the applicant provide a national needs assessment for hazardous 
materials training for emergency responders to identify specific areas of 
training needed?

APPROACH:

o Does the project identify and target necessary personnel to be trained, 
including the types of trainees (e.g. career and volunteer firefighters), 
amount of training, and specific levels of training? 

o Does the application provide a detailed plan (project design and methods) 
and a proposed schedule for accomplishing each of the activities to be 
carried out in this project?

o Does the project provide a plan to conduct training programs for emergency 
responders, coordinating efforts with local, State, and community agencies?

o Does the project meet current OSHA guidelines and other requirements for 
training emergency responders for hazardous substance incidents?
											
o Does the project address the feasibility of meeting the proposed goals of 
the cooperative agreement including the proposed schedule for initiating and 
accomplishing each of the activities of the cooperative agreement?

o Does the application clearly define the strengths, limitations, and 
comprehensiveness of the training program plan to address the distinct 
characteristics and needs of the target audience, including the essential 
program elements for planning, conducting, and evaluating training programs?

o Does the project provide a mechanism to evaluate the abilities of 
firefighters before and after training in order to ensure consistency in 
delivering training programs; credibility with State and local institutions, 
fire marshals and firefighters; the ability to bring in replacement teams for 
trainees; and accessibility to State and local educational institutions for 
target worker populations? 

o Are the proposed training materials and personnel adequate for 
accomplishing the proposed activities?

o Is the time-line proposed for the project suitable?

o Is there a method for evaluating the knowledge, the effectiveness of 
training, and impact of the training in preparing emergency responders and 
reducing exposures to hazardous materials?

INNOVATION:

o Does the applicant propose innovative concepts, approaches, or methods for 
training emergency responders, particularly firefighters, in the area of 
hazardous materials emergency response?

o Does the applicant propose innovative concepts, approaches, methods for  
establishing a five year national training program, including collaboration 
with communities to establish a network among representatives of 
firefighters, police, hospitals, and other community emergency responders?

INVESTIGATOR:

o Is the training and experience of the Program Director and staff provided 
and meets the need of the proposed project, including (a) the technical 
expertise and education of the Program Director in the hazardous substance 
field, (b) faculty with training and experience in the appropriate technical 
content areas, and (c) staff with experience in developing curricula in 
hazardous materials emergency response and studying health and safety issues 
in the target population?

o Are the course materials current, meet Federal, National, and State 
requirements and specific for emergency responders under federally supported 
programs?

o Does the project provide a method for selecting and training faculty to 
conduct training classes?

ENVIRONMENT:

o Are the applicant's facilities, equipment, and other resources adequate for 
the performance of this project?

o Is there evidence of institutional support or other documentation that 
demonstrated the applicant's ability to work with diverse groups, establish 
collaborations, and facilitate emergency response information?

o The reasonableness of the proposed budget and duration in relation to the 
proposed project.

PROGRAMMATIC REVIEW CRITERIA

o Number of emergency responders to be trained.

o Appropriateness of the target population.

o The likelihood of emergency response personnel and trainees developing 
technical knowledge for the prevention of injury or disease from hazardous 
materials.

RECEIPT AND REVIEW SCHEDULE

Letter of Intent Receipt Date: April 14, 2002
Application Receipt Date: May 14, 2002
Anticipated Award Date: July 1, 2002

AWARD CRITERIA

Applications submitted in response to this PA will compete for available 
funds with all other training applications recommended for further 
consideration. The following will be considered in making a funding decision:

o Recognized and established training institution in occupational safety and 
health research areas.
o Quality of the proposed training program, as determined by initial review.
o Commitment of the training institution to the program.
o Availability of funds.
o Program balance among the training areas supported by NIOSH.

REQUIRED FEDERAL CITATIONS

LOBBYING RESTRICTIONS:  Applicants should be aware of restrictions on the use 
of Health and Human Services (DHHS) funds for lobbying of Federal or State 
legislative bodies.  Under the provisions of 31 U.S.C. Section 1352, 
recipients (and their subtier contractors) are prohibited from using 
appropriated Federal funds (other than profits from a Federal contract) for 
lobbying congress or any Federal agency in connection with the award of a 
particular contract, grant, cooperative agreement, or loan.  This includes 
grants/cooperative agreements that, in whole or in part, involve conferences 
for which Federal funds cannot be used directly or indirectly to encourage 
participants to lobby or to instruct participants on how to lobby.

In addition, no part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 
appropriated funds shall be used, other than for normal and recognized 
executive-legislative relationships, for publicity or propaganda purposes, 
for the preparation, distribution, or use of any kit, pamphlet, booklet, 
publication, radio, television, or video presentation designed to support or 
defeat legislation pending before the Congress or any State or local 
legislature, except in presentation to the Congress or any State or local 
legislature itself.  No part of the appropriated funds shall be used to pay 
the salary or expenses of any grant or contract recipient, or agent acting 
for such recipient, related to any activity designed to influence legislation 
or appropriations pending before the Congress or any State or local 
legislature.

Any activity designed to influence action in regard to a particular piece of 
pending legislation would be considered lobbying.  That is lobbying for or 
against pending legislation, as well as indirect or grass roots: lobbying 
efforts by award recipients that are directed at inducing members of the 
public to contact their elected representatives at the Federal or State 
levels to urge support of, or opposition to, pending legislative proposals is 
prohibited.  As a matter of policy, CDC extends the prohibitions to lobbying 
with respect to local legislation and local legislative bodies.
The provisions are not intended to prohibit all interaction with the 
legislative branch, or to prohibit educational efforts pertaining to public 
health.  Clearly there are circumstances when it is advisable and permissible 
to provide information to the legislative branch in order to foster 
implementation of prevention strategies to promote public health.  However, 
it would not be permissible to influence, directly or indirectly, a specific 
piece of pending legislation.

It remains permissible to use CDC funds to engage in activity to enhance 
prevention; collect and analyze data; publish and disseminate results of 
research and surveillance data; implement prevention strategies; conduct 
community outreach services; provide leadership and training; and foster safe 
and healthful environments.

Recipients of CDC grants and cooperative agreements need to be careful to 
prevent CDC funds from being used to influence or promote pending 
legislation.  With respect to conferences, public events, publication, and 
grassroots: activities that relate to specific legislation, recipients of CDC 
funds should give attention to isolating and separating the appropriate use 
of CDC funds from non-CDC funds.  CDC also cautions recipients of CDC funds 
to be careful not to give the appearance that CDC funds are being used to 
carry out activities in a manner that is prohibited under Federal law.

URLS IN NIOSH GRANT APPLICATIONS OR APPENDICES:  All applications must be 
self-contained within specified page limitations.  Unless otherwise 
specified, internet addresses (URLs) should not be used to provide 
information necessary to the review because reviewers are under no obligation 
to view the Internet sites.  Reviewers are cautioned that their anonymity may 
be compromised when they directly access an Internet site.

PAPERWORK REDUCTION ACT:  Projects that involve the collection of information 
from 10 or more individuals and funded by cooperative agreement will be 
subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the 
Paperwork Reduction Act.

SMOKE-FREE WORKPLACE:  CDC strongly encourages all grant recipients to 
provide a smoke-free workplace and promote the non-use of all tobacco 
products, and Public Law 103-227, the Pro-Children Act of 1994, prohibits 
smoking in certain facilities that receive Federal funds in which education, 
library, day care, health care, and early childhood development services are 
provided to children.

SMALL, MINORITY, AND WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESS:  It is a national policy to place 
a fair share of purchases with small, minority and women-owned business 
firms. The Department of Health and Human Services is strongly committed to 
the objective of this policy and encourages all recipients of its grants and 
cooperative agreements to take affirmative steps to ensure such fairness. In 
particular, recipients should:

1. Place small, minority, women-owned business firms on bidders mailing 
lists.

2. Solicit these firms whenever they are potential sources of supplies, 
equipment, construction, or services.

3. Where feasible, divide total requirements into smaller needs, and set 
delivery schedules that will encourage participation by these firms.

4. Use the assistance of the Minority Business Development Agency of the 
Department of Commerce, the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business 
Utilization, DHHS, and similar state and local offices.

HEALTHY PEOPLE 2010:  CDC is committed to achieving the health promotion and 
disease prevention objectives of Healthy People 2010, a national activity to 
reduce morbidity and mortality and improve the quality of life.  To obtain a 
copy of Healthy People 2010, visit the internet site: 
http://www.health.gov/healthypeople.

AUTHORITY AND REGULATIONS:  The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number 
is: 93.262 for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health 
(NIOSH).  This program is authorized under the Public Health Service Act, as 
amended, Section 301(a) [42 U.S.C. 241(a)], and under sections 21(a) and 
22(e)(7) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (29 U.S.C. 670(a) 
and 671(e)(7).  The applicable program regulation is 42 CFR Part 52.  This 
program is not subject to the intergovernmental review requirements of 
Executive Order 12372.


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