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U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Advisory Committee Charter
Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health
Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH)
MACOSH is established and operates in accordance with Section 7(b) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) (29 U.S.C. 656); 29 CFR part 1912; and Secretary of Labor's Order 4-2010 (75 FR 55355, Sept. 10,2010). In addition, MACOSH is established and 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 parts 101-6 and 102-3), and chapter 1600 of Department of Labor Manual Series 3 (Mar. 17, 2008).
OBJECTIVES AND SCOPE OF ACTIVITY:
To obtain advice for the Secretary of Labor through the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health (Assistant Secretary) from a broad range of representatives from the maritime industry on matters relevant to the safety and health of workers in the maritime sector. The Assistant Secretary may seek the advice of this Committee on activities in the maritime industry related to the priorities set by the Agency, including: worker training, education, and assistance; setting and enforcing of standards; and assurance of safe and healthful working conditions for America's working men and women. This charter renews MACOSH in accordance with the provisions of FACA and its implementing regulations.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:
The maritime industry has historically experienced a high incidence of work-related fatalities, injuries, and illnesses in its workforce. The types of work vary widely, ranging from manufacturing-type work in some shipyards to transportation-type work in longshoring operations.
OSHA has selected this industry for special attention because of the injury and illness rates and the specialized nature of some of the work. OSHA may seek advice from the Committee on a variety of subjects, which may include development of guidance and outreach materials tailored to individual sectors of the industry, rulemaking to update regulatory requirements, and other activities to help focus actions in the industry and reduce work-related death, injuries, and illnesses. OSHA may also seek advice in new areas where the Agency chooses to pursue or expand its maritime programs and projects to address specific needs. The advice of the Committee will help the Agency in terms of substantive input on conditions in the maritime industry, ideas that could be implemented to reduce maritime injuries and illnesses, and feedback on Agency initiatives affecting the maritime industry.
AGENCY OFFICIAL TO WHOM THE COMMITTEE REPORTS:
MACOSH reports and submits recommendations to the Secretary of Labor through the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
AGENCY PROVIDING SUPPORT TO THE COMMITTEE:
OSHA provides all necessary support for MACOSH (29 U.S.c. 656(c), 29 CFR part 1912.31, .32, 040, AI).
ESTIMATED ANNUAL OPERATING COSTS AND STAFF YEARS:
DESIGNATED FEDERAL OFFICER:
The Director of OSHA's Office of Maritime, or his designee, will serve as the Designated Federal Officer (DFO). The DFO shall:
ESTIMATED NUMBER AND FREQUENCY OF MEETINGS:
MACOSH will meet up to three times per year.
Pursuant to the OSH Act and implementing regulations, MACOSH is a discretionary advisory committee of indefinite duration, continuing as long as required to meet the needs of the Agency.
This Charter will expire two years from the date of filing.
MEMBERSHIP AND DESIGNATION:
MACOSH is comprised of 15 representative members appointed by the Secretary, one of whom the Secretary appoints to serve as chair. The composition of MACOSH is as follows:
The MACOSH Chair, with OSHA's approval, may establish any number of subcommittees and informal work groups for the purpose of assisting MACOSH in carrying out its functions. Subcommittees and informal work groups may give advice, recommendations, and work products solely to MACOSH, but are not authorized to provide such advice, recommendations, and work products directly to OSHA.
All MACOSH meetings and subcommittee meetings are transcribed, and detailed minutes are prepared. Detailed minutes also are prepared for all informal work group meetings. Transcripts, meeting minutes, work products, and other materials presented at MACOSH meetings and meetings of MACOSH subcommittees and work groups are entered into a public docket, which is available for inspection and downloading at www.regulations.gov, the Federal eRulemaking Portal. In addition, all records of MACOSH and its subcommittees and work groups will be handled in accordance with the National Archives and Records Administration's 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 will be available for public inspection and copying, pursuant to FOIA.
FILING DATE: This Charter is filed on the date indicated below.
(Signature blacked out)
Secretary of Labor
JAN 25 2011 (Stamped date)