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    Maritime Advisory Committee on Safety and Health (MACOSH)
[Federal Register: August 8, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 152)][Notices]               [Page 45075-45076]
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Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Maritime Advisory Committee on Safety and Health (MACOSH)

AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.

ACTION: Membership announcement of the re-established Maritime Advisory 
Committee on Safety and Health (MACOSH).


SUMMARY: The Secretary of Labor has reestablished the charter of the 
Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health 
(MACOSH), which expired on April 1, 2005. The purpose of MACOSH is to 
obtain advice for the Assistance Secretary of Labor for Occupational 
Safety and Health (Assistant Secretary) from a broad range of 
representatives from the maritime industry on all matters relevant to 
the safety and health of employees in that sector. The Assistant 
Secretary will seek the advice of this committee on activities in the 
maritime industry related to the priorities set for the Agency, 
including: Strong, fair and effective enforcement; expanded compliance 
assistance, guidance and outreach; expanded partnerships and voluntary 
programs; leadership in the national dialogue on occupational safety 
and health; and regulatory matters affecting the maritime industry, as 
    The committee is diverse and balanced, both in terms of segments of 
the maritime industry represented (e.g., shipyard and longshoring 
industries), and in the views or interests represented by the members. 
The Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health has 
been reestablished and chartered for a two year term.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jim Maddux, Director, Office of 
Maritime, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-3609, 200 Constitution 
Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20210. Phone: (202) 693-2086; Fax: (202) 


I. Background

    On June 26, 2006, the Secretary of Labor announced her intention to 
reestablish a Maritime Advisory Committee on Safety and Health (71 FR 
32374). The maritime industry has historically had a high incidence of 
illnesses and injuries. The types of work performed can be quite 
different in various parts of the industry, ranging from manufacturing 
type work in shipyards to longshoring operations. OSHA has targeted 
this industry for special attention because of the incidence of 
illnesses and injuries, and the specialized nature of some of the work. 
This targeting has included development of guidance or outreach 
materials specific to the industry, as well as rulemaking to update 
requirements, and other activities to help focus attention on the 
industry and reduce the occurrence of illnesses and injuries. This 
committee will be used to advise OSHA on these ongoing activities and 
in new areas where the Agency chooses to pursue or expand its programs 
and projects to further address these specific needs. The advice of the 
committee will help the Agency in terms of substantive input on 
conditions in the industry, recommendations that could be implemented 
to reduce illnesses and injuries, and feedback on Agency initiatives in 
the maritime industry.

II. Establishment

    The committee will function solely as an advisory body, and in 
compliance with the provisions of Section 7(b) of the OSHA Act (29 
U.S.C. 656), the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App. 20), and 
41 CFR part 102-3.

III. Appointment of Committee Members

    Over forty nominations of highly qualified individuals were 
received in response to the Agency's request for nominations. Maritime 
safety and health involves a wide range of complex issues. For that 
reason, the Secretary has selected to serve on the committee the 
following individuals who have broad experience relevant to the issues 
to be examined by the Committee. The MACOSH members are:

Stewart Adams, U.S. Department of the Navy, Naval Sea Systems Command 
James D. Burgin, Cooper/T. Smith Corporation.
John Castanho, International Longshore & Warehouse Union.
Warren Fairley, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron 
Shipbuilders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers.
Michael J. Flynn, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace 
Robert E. Gleason, International Longshoremen's Association.
Stephen D. Hudock, National Institute for Occupational Safety and 
Charles R. Lemon, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.
Marc MacDonald, Pacific Maritime Association.
Captain Teresa Preston, Atlantic Marine Holding Company.
Donald V. Raffo, General Dynamics.
Captain Lorne W. Thomas, United States Coast Guard.
James R. Thornton, Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipyard.
David J. Tubman, Jr., Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association.
Ernest D. Whelan, International Union of Operating Engineers-Local 25, 
Marine Division.

IV. Future Meetings

    As specified in the MACOSH charter, OSHA will convene up to three 
MACOSH committee meetings per year. OSHA expects to convene the first 
meeting in September or October of this year. As soon as meeting 
arrangements are completed, OSHA will announce the specific date and 
location of the meeting, along with a list of topics to be discussed, 
in the Federal Register. OSHA encourages the public to attend all 
MACOSH meetings.

V. Authority

    This notice was prepared under the direction of Edwin G. Foulke, 
Jr., Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health. It is 
issued under the authority of Sections 6(b)(1) and 7(b) of the Act of 
1970 (29 U.S.C. 655, 656), 29 CFR part 1912 and the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act (FACA) (5 U.S.C. App. 2).

    Signed at Washington, DC, this 31st day of July, 2006.
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.,
Assistant Secretary of Labor.
[FR Doc. 06-6746 Filed 8-7-06; 8:45 am]