News Release USDL: 96-478
Wednesday, November 13, 1996
Contact: Frank Kane, (202) 219-8151
NACOSH To Hold Meetings Dec. 10-11 And Jan. 15-16
In Washington, D.C.
The National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and
Health (NACOSH) will hold public meetings on Dec. 10-11 and on
Jan. 15-16, 1997, in the U.S. Department of Labor, Frances
Perkins Building, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
The Dec. 11-12 meeting will be in Room S4215 A-C, and the
Jan. 15-16 meeting will be in Room N3437 A-D. Both meetings will
begin at 9 a.m. each day and last until about 4 p.m. the first
day and 3 p.m. the second day.
Agenda items for Dec. 10 include: a brief overview of
current activities in the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational
Safety and Health (NIOSH); a description of a NIOSH Cooperative
Research Agreement on hearing loss prevention; a regulatory
update; and a discussion of the Government Performance and
Results Act (GPRA) in relation to OSHA as well as performance
measurement and evaluation within OSHA.
On Dec. 11, there will be a panel presentation on ergonomics
including an update on the planned conference; enforcement
activities; the development of a regulation; OSHA's ergonomics
capability; and NIOSH research relating to ergonomics. The
remainder of the day will be devoted to planning future NACOSH
meetings and activities.
The Jan. 15-16 meeting will be devoted to the subject of
developing performance measurements and evaluating programs in
addition to the regular updates on OSHA and NIOSH activities.
Several panels will be formed to discuss the indicators and
measures OSHA might use, as well as the data and mechanisms that
would be needed for such measurement.
The committee is interested in exploring what other
organizations and groups are doing in terms of measuring
performance and evaluating safety programs, intervention and
related issues such as employee participation. The committee is
asking members of the public who have participated in studies or
programs related to performance measurement and evaluation of
occupational safety and health programs to share their findings
and/or experiences with NACOSH either in written form or in oral
presentations before the committee to the extent that time
Those who are interested in making presentations on Jan. 15
or Jan. 16 should notify, no later than Dec. 9, Joanne Goodell,
OSHA, Room N-3641, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.,
20210, telephone (202) 219-8021, ext. 107, or fax (202) 219-4383.
Presenters must provide their name, the capacity in which the
person will appear, a brief outline of the content of the
presentation, preference of appearance date if there is one, mail
address, telephone and fax numbers. Presentations will be
limited to 10 minutes with time allowed for questions from
Written data, views or comments for consideration by the
committee may be submitted, preferably with 20 copies, to Goodell
at the above address. Any such submissions received prior to the
meeting will be provided to the committee and included in the
record of the meeting. Individuals with disabilities who need
special accommodations should contact Tom Hall, OSHA Division of
Consumer Affairs, Room N-3647, Occupational Safety and Health
Administration, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 20210,
telephone (202) 219-8615 or fax (202) 219-5986 one week before
An official record of the meeting will be available for
public inspection in the OSHA Technical Data Center (TDC),
located in Room N-2625 of the Department of Labor building,
telephone (202) 219-7500.
NACOSH was established under the Occupational Safety and
Health Act of 1970 to advise the secretaries of labor and health
and human services on occupational safety and health programs and
policies. Members of the 12-person advisory committee are chosen
on the basis of their knowledge and experience in occupational
safety and health.
Notice of the NACOSH meeting was published in the Wednesday,
Nov. 13, 1996, Federal Register. Additional information can be
obtained from Goodell at the previously mentioned address and