U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Advisory Committee Charter
National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health
National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH).
NACOSH is established under and operates in accordance with Section 7(a) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) (29 U.S.C. 651, 656); 29 CPR 1912a; and Secretary of Labor's Order No. 1-2012 (77 FR 3912, 1/25/2012). NACOSH also operates in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended (5 U.S.C. App. 2), its implementing regulations (41 CFR 102-3), and chapter 1600 of Department of Labor Management Series 3 (8/15/2013).
OBJECTIVES AND SCOPE OF ACTIVITIES:
NACOSH advises, consults with, and makes recommendations to the Secretary of Labor (the Secretary) and the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) on matters relating to the administration of the OSH Act (29 U.S.C. 656(a)(2)). The Secretary and HHS Secretary may consult with and seek advice and recommendations from NACOSH on Agency priorities, including:
The Secretary and HHS Secretary also may consult with and seek advice and recommendations from NACOSH on new areas and emerging issues involving occupational safety and health.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:
NACOSH's duties are solely advisory and consultative. NACOSH's advice will help the Secretary and HHS Secretary in terms of providing substantive input on workplace safety and health issues; ideas to reduce worker deaths, injuries and illnesses; and feedback on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and HHS initiatives to improve worker safety and health.
AGENCY OR OFFICIAL TO WHOM THE COMMITTEE REPORTS:
NACOSH reports and submits advice and recommendations to the Secretary and the HHS Secretary, through OSHA.
AGENCY PROVIDING SUPPORT TO THE COMMITTEE:
OSHA provides all necessary support for NACOSH (29 U.S.C. 656(a)(4); 29 CFR 1912a.9).
ESTIMATED ANNUAL OPERATING COSTS AND STAFF YEARS:
The estimated annual operating costs arc approximately $181 ,000, including 1.5 staff years.
DESIGNATED FEDERAL OFFICER:
The Director of OSHA's Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management or his/her designee, serves as the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) for NACOSH. The DFO:
ESTIMATED NUMBER AND FREQUENCY OF MEETINGS:
NACOSH meets two to four times per year.
Pursuant to the OSH Act, NACOSH is a continuing non-discretionary advisory committee of indefinite duration.
This Charter expires two years after the date of filing.
MEMBERSHIP AND DESIGNATION:
NACOSH is comprised of 12 representative members the Secretary appoints (29 U.S.C. 656(a)(1)). The composition of NACOSH is as follows:
The Secretary appoints one public member to serve as Chair (29 U.S.C 656(a)(1)).
Except as otherwise required by law, NACOSH membership is consistent with applicable FACA regulations, as follows:
To the extent FACA and other laws permit, NACOSH membership is consistent with achieving the greatest impact, scope and credibility among diverse stakeholders. The diversity in membership includes, but is not limited to, race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
To provide for Committee continuity, NACOSH members normally serve staggered two-year terms that expire at the end of a given calendar year (29 CFR 1912a.3). At the discretion of the Secretary, members may be appointed to successive terms and removed at any time (29 CFR 1912a.3).
Members do not receive compensation for serving on NACOSH, but are allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence (5 U.S. C. 5703). Members are not deemed to be employees of the United States by virtue of their membership on NACOSH.
SUBCOMMITTEES AND WORK GROUPS:
OSHA, in consultation with the NACOSH Chair, may establish any number of subcommittees and work groups for the purpose of assisting NACOSH in carrying out its functions. The purpose of subcommittees and work groups is to provide advice and make recommendations solely to the fu1l NACOSH Committee (29 CFR 1912a.13(b)). Under no circumstances may any subcommittee or work group report directly to the Agency (29 CFR 1912a.13(b)).
OSHA transcribes and prepares detailed minutes for all NACOSH Committee and subcommittee meetings. OSHA also prepares detailed minutes for all infom1al work group meetings. OSHA places transcripts, meeting minutes, work products, and other materials presented at NACOSH Committee, subcommittees and work group meetings into the public docket. The public docket is available for inspection and downloading at http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal eRulemaking Portal. In addition, all records of NACOSH and its subcommittees and work groups are handled in accordance with General Records Schedule 26, Item 2, "Records Created by Advisory Commissions, Committees, Councils, Boards and other Groups established under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA)." These records are available for public inspection and copying, pursuant to FOIA.
This Charter is filed on the date below.
Thomas E. Perez
Secretary of Labor
OCT - 7 2014
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