News Release USDL: 95-406
Friday, October 6, 1995
Contact: Susan Hall Flemin, (202) 219-8151
NACOSH Workgroup On Hazard Communication To Meet Oct. 19-20
The National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and
Health (NACOSH) workgroup on hazard communication (HazCom) will
meet Oct. 19-20 in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of
Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
OSHA asked NACOSH to form the workgroup to identify ways to
improve chemical hazard communication in the workplace. The
meeting, open to the public, will run from 9 a.m. until
approximately 4:30 p.m. Oct. 19 and 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
Oct. 20 in Room S4215 of the Frances Perkins Building at 200
Constitution Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
The workgroup is inviting representatives of small
businesses and labor organizations to offer recommendations for
improving hazard communication during the afternoon of Oct. 19
and the morning of Oct. 20. The workgroup will begin the first
morning with a review of issues to be covered and confirmation of
dates and agenda items for the remaining meetings.
Specifically, OSHA has requested the NACOSH workgroup to
recommend ways to simplify material safety data sheets, reduce
the amount of required paperwork, improve the effectiveness of
worker training and revise enforcement policies to focus on the
most serious hazards. The workgroup is expected to meet monthly
over the next six months and will devote at least two of its
sessions, including this first meeting, to hearing suggestions
from representatives of labor organizations, employers and the
public. Draft recommendations prepared by the workgroup will go
to the full committee for deliberation in public session.
Presentations at the workgroup sessions will be limited to
10 minutes, with additional time for committee members to
question presenters. Additional information and/or documentation
may be submitted and will be entered into the record.
Members of labor organizations and small businesses who wish
to address the HazCom Workgroup should notify Joanne Goodell,
Directorate of Policy, Room N-3641, 200 Constitution Ave., N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20210, telephone (202) 219-8021, extension 107,
or fax (202) 219-4383, no later than Oct. 13. Presenters must
provide their names, the capacity in which they will appear, a
brief outline of the content of their presentations, their
preferred appearance date, mailing address, telephone and fax
numbers. If there is sufficient time, others who have not
notified OSHA in advance will be permitted to speak on Oct. 20
after all those on the schedule have been heard.
Written data, views or comments may be submitted, preferably
with 20 copies, to Joanne Goodell at the address above.
Submissions received prior to the meeting will be provided to
committee members and included in the meeting records.
Individuals with disabilities who wish to attend the meeting
and who require special accommodations should contact Tom Hall,
OSHA Division of Consumer Affairs, at the above address or
telephone (202) 219-8615 no later than Oct. 16.
NACOSH was established by 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 HazCom workgroup meeting appeared in the Sept.
28, 1995, Federal Register.