Thursday, May 21, 1998
Contact: Jeff Ezell or Michael Fluharty (202) 219-8151
OSHA TO HOLD WORKSHOP DISCUSSING
VENTILATION CONTROLS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL
TOBACCO SMOKE IN HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
is sponsoring a technical workshop in Fort Mitchell, Ky., on
June 7-9, to discuss the effectiveness, cost and potential health
benefits of ventilation engineering controls for environmental
tobacco smoke (ETS) in the hospitality sector.
The workshops, scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. each
day, will be conducted by the American Conference of Governmental
Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH). Ventilation engineers and facility
management representatives from restaurant, bar and gaming
establishments will serve on the workshop panel. Written results,
including information about feasible controls to reduce occupational
ETS exposure in the hospitality sector, will be made available to the
OSHA's goal is to help protect workers in this industry who are
exposed daily to tobacco smoke during interaction with customers,
without necessarily restricting smoking in these facilities. Available
and innovative ventilation strategies are primary tools in this effort.
OSHA is working with ACGIH to obtain more information on this
issue. The results of the workshop will be published for the use of
employers, who have the responsibility of reducing their employees'
exposure to ETS.
The workshop will be held at the Drawbridge Inn, I-75 at Buttermilk
Pike. The phone number is (606) 341-2800.
All interested individuals are invited to attend the workshop. However,
discussion will be limited to the 18 panel members. Fifty seats will be
available for the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested
individuals should contact Alexis Callender, American Conference of
Governmental Hygienists, 1330 Kemper Meadow Drive, Suite 600,
Cincinnati, Ohio 45240; phone (513) 742-2020.
Individuals with disabilities wishing to attend should contact Alexis
Callender no later than May 28 to arrange appropriate accommodations.
Notice of this workshop will be published in the Federal Register
the week of May 25, 1998.