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    National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health; Notice of Meetings

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health; Notice of Meetings

Notice is hereby given of the dates and locations of the next two meetings of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH), established under section 7(a) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (29 U.S.C. 656) to advise the Secretary of Labor and the Secretary of Health and Human Services on matters relating to the administration of the Act. NACOSH will hold meetings on December 10-11, 1996, in Room S4215 A-C, and January 15-16, 1997, in Room N3437 A-D of the Department of Labor Building located at 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC. Both meetings are open to the public and will begin at 9:00 a.m. each day lasting until approximately 4:00 p.m. the first day and 3:00 p.m. the second day of each meeting.

Agenda items for December 10 will include: a brief overview of current activities in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH); a description of a NIOSH Cooperative Research Agreement on hearing loss prevention; a regulatory update; and a discussion of the Government Performance and Results Act (GIPRA) in relation to OSHA as well as performance measurement and program evaluation within OSHA. On December 11 there will be a panel presentation on ergonomics including an update on the planned conference; enforcement activities; the development of a regulation; OSHA's ergonomics capability; and NIOSH research relating to ergonomics. The remainder of the day will be devoted to planning future NACOSH meetings and activities.

The January 15-16 meeting will be devoted to the subject of developing performance measurements and evaluating programs in addition to the regular updates on OSHA and NIOSH activities. Several panels will be formed to discuss the indicators and measures OSHA might use, as well as the data and mechanisms that would be needed for such measurement. The committee is interested in exploring what other organizations and groups are doing in terms of measuring performance and evaluating safety programs, interventions and related issues such as employee participation. In this respect, the committee requests that members of the public who have participated in studies or programs related to performance measurement and evaluation of occupational safety and health programs share their findings and/or experiences with NACOSH either in written form or in oral presentations before the committee to the extent time permits. Those who are interested in making presentations on January 15 or 16 should notify, no later than December 9, Joanne Goodell, OSHA, Room N-3641, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20210, telephone (202) 219-8021, ext. 107, or FAX (202) 219-4383. Presenters must provide their name, the capacity in which the person will appear, a brief outline of the content of the presentation, preference of appearance date if there is one, mail address, telephone and FAX numbers. Presentations will be limited to 10 minutes with time allowed for questions from committee members.

Written data, views or comments for consideration by the committee may be submitted, preferably with 20 copies to Joanne Goodell at the address provided above. Any such submissions received prior to the meeting will be provided to the members of the Committee and will be included in the record of the meeting. Individuals with disabilities who need special accommodations should contact Tom Hall (phone: 202-219-8615; FAX: 202-219-5986) one week before the meeting.

An official record of the meeting will be available for public inspection in the OSHA Technical Data Center (TDC) located in Room N2625 of the Department of Labor Building (202-219-7500). For additional information contact Joanne Goodell (phone, FAX and address provided above.)

Signed at Washington, D.C. this 6th day of November, 1996.

Joseph A. Dear,
Assistant Secretary of Labor.

[FR Doc. 96-29064 Filed 11-12-96; 8:45 am]