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Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH)

Background and History


Establishment of this advisory committee has enabled OSHA to be responsive to the uniqueness' of industries that have suffered economically as a result of any changes in the global market. This action is consistent with the President's initiative to make the U.S. shipyard and cargo handling industries competitive in the worldwide community. Furthermore, this committee focuses on the resolution of these controversial issues, particularly those with international implications, that have impact in the shipyard and cargo handling communities. This committee addresses the maritime community's concerns that will result in: streamlined standards promulgation, better focused enforcement efforts, and extended and improved outreach and training initiatives.

The committee is composed of approximately 15 members who are selected to represent the divergent interests of the maritime community. The makeup of the membership complies with Section 7(b) of the OSH Act which requires the following: at least one member who is a designee of the Secretary of Health and Human Services; at least one designee of a State safety and health agency; and equal numbers of representatives of employees and employers, respectively. Other members are selected based on their knowledge and experience to include representatives from professional and other governmental organizations with specific maritime responsibilities. In accordance with Section 2(c) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the committee is "balanced in membership and in terms of point of view and functions * * *". The Agency intends that this committee provides a comprehensive representation of the maritime community and have the opportunity to offer recommendations on safety and health initiatives that would be considered as part of a integrated U.S. maritime policy.

MACOSH functions solely as an advisory body and in compliance with the provisions of the FACA. In accordance with FACA, its charter will be filed with the appropriate committees of Congress.

Meetings of the committee are announced in the Federal Register and are open to the public.

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