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    National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health; Notice of Meeting.


Occupational Safety and Health Administration

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

Notice is hereby given of the date and location of the next meeting 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 a meeting on May 11 and 12, 1999, in Room S 4215 A-C of the Department of Labor Building located at 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. The meeting is open to the public and will begin at 1:00 p.m. lasting until approximately 5:00 p.m. the first day, May 11. On May 12, the meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. and last until approximately 4:00 p.m.

During its November 1998 meeting, NACOSH decided that one of its areas of activity over the next two years would be to study OSHA's standard-setting and regulatory process. The Committee plans to continue this study at its May meeting by studying the use of advisory committees in addition to the 6(b) process. As examples, the committee will discuss both the Steel Erection Negotiated Rulemaking Committee and the current Standards Advisory Committee on Metalworking Fluids. NACOSH will invite key players who were or are involved in the activities of each of these committees to participate in a panel discussion on the morning of May 12th. These include representatives from industry, labor and the public, as well as the involved government officials from OSHA and NIOSH. Members of the public are invited to submit written comments. Presenters will be asked to address issues/ questions similar to those that were used in discussing the development of the methylene chloride standard under the standard 6(b) process at the February 10-11 meeting. Some of these are: How did you become involved in the process? How would you define our role? How would you define OSHA's role in the process? What are/were the key issues in the process (e.g., technical, economic and political feasibility); scope of the standard; nature of the regulated community)? What are/were your expectations for the process? What will you consider a successful outcome? What are the strengths and limitations of the process? How could the process be improved? What advice would you give OSHA if it were to embark on another rulemaking using the same process?

Other agenda items will include: an overview of current activities of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), work group reports and a panel discussion of the use of partnerships both in OSHA and NIOSH.

Written data, view or comments for consideration by the committee may be submitted, preferably with 20 copies, to Joanne Goodell at the address provided below. 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. Because of the need to cover a wide variety of subjects in a short period of time, there is usually insufficient time on the agenda for members of the public to address the committee orally. However, any such requests will be considered by the Chair who will determine whether or not time permits. Any request to make an oral presentation should state the amount of time desired, the capacity in which the person would appear, and a brief outline of the content of the presentation. Individuals with disabilities who need special accommodations should contact Theresa Berry (phone: 202-693- 1999; FAX: 202-293-1641) 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 (202-693-2350). For additional information contact: Joanne Goodell, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA); Room N-3641, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., 20210 (phone: 202-693-2400; FAX 202-293-1641; e-mail joanne.goodell@osha.gov; or at www.osha.gov).

Signed at Washington, D.C., this 2nd day of April, 1999.

Charles N. Jeffress,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.

[FR Doc. 99-8932 Filed 4-8-99; 8:45 am]