Trade News Release
Thursday, January 14, 1999
Media Contact: Jeff Ezell, (202) 693-1999
Technical Contact: Joanne Goodell, 693-2400
NACOSH ANNOUNCES FIRST PUBLIC MEETING OF 1999
At its first 1999 meeting, the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) will review how the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) develops standards and regulations. The meeting, which will take place Feb. 10-11, follows recent statements by OSHA Administrator Charles N. Jeffress that he wants to shorten and make more efficient the agency's rulemaking process.
The committee plans to devote the morning of Feb. 11 to this subject. During that time, NACOSH will review the standard rulemaking process using methylene choloride as an example of the process. During the next two years, NACOSH will continue the review by discussing alternative methods such as negotiated rulemaking and standards advisory committees. In the future, NACOSH also will review the use of voluntary consensus standards and guidelines in the rulemaking process; models used in other jurisdictions; and the role that professional organizations play in the process.
The committee has invited representatives from industry and labor, employers, health and safety professionals, as well as OSHA and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) officials to be part of these discussions. The committee also invites the public to submit written comments.
Other agenda items include:
Brief overview of current OSHA and NIOSH activities.
Discussion of OSHA's regulatory agenda for the next three years.
NIOSH presentation on the changing workforce and nature of work.
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.
The meeting will be held in Room N-3437 A-D at the U.S. Department of Labor, Frances Perkins Building, 200 Constitution Ave., N.W. On Feb. 10, the meeting will begin at 2 p.m. and conclude around 5:50 p.m. On Feb. 11, the meeting will run from 8:30 a.m. until about 4 p.m.
Written data, views or comments for consideration by the committee may be submitted, preferably with 20 copies, to Joanne Goodell, OSHA, Room N-3641, 200 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C., 20210; or telephone (202) 693-2400. Any submissions received prior to the meeting will be provided to the members of the committee and included in the meeting's record.
Individuals with disabilities who need special accommodations should contact Theresa Berry at (202) 693-1999, at least one week prior to the meeting.
Notice of the NACOSH meeting was published in the Federal Register on Jan. 13, 1999.
The text of this news release is on the Internet at http://www.osha.gov.
Information on this news release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (202) 693-1999.