[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 202 (Friday, October 22, 2021)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-23029]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2021-0010]
Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
ACTION: Notice of reestablishment of the Federal Advisory Council on
Occupational Safety and Health (hereinafter FACOSH or Council) and
request for nominations to serve on FACOSH.
SUMMARY: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
hereby announces that the Federal Advisory Council on Occupational
Safety and Health (FACOSH) has been reestablished for a two-year period
pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and in accordance
with the Committee Management Secretariat, General Services
Administration. In addition, the Secretary of Labor (Secretary)
requests nominations for membership on FACOSH.
DATES: Submit (postmark, send, transmit) nominations for FACOSH
membership by November 22, 2021.
ADDRESSES: You may submit nominations and supporting materials by one
of the following methods:
Electronically: You may submit nominations, including attachments,
electronically into Docket No. OSHA--2021-0010 at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Follow
the online instructions for submissions.
Docket: To read or download comments or other material in the
docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov. Documents in the docket are
listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index; however, some
information (e.g., copyrighted material) is not publicly available to
read or download through the website. All submissions, including
copyrighted material, are available for inspection through the OSHA
Docket Office. Contact the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-2350 (TTY
(877) 889-5627) for assistance in locating docket submissions.
Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and the
OSHA docket number for this Federal Register notice (OSHA-2021-0010).
OSHA will place comments and requests to speak, including personal
information, in the public docket, which may be available online.
Therefore, OSHA cautions interested parties about submitting personal
information such as Social Security numbers and birthdates.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Press inquiries: Mr. Frank Meilinger, Director, OSHA Office of
Communications; telephone: (202) 693-1999; email:
General information: Mr. Francis Yebesi, Director, OSHA Office of
Federal Agency Programs; telephone (202) 693-2122; email email@example.com.
Copies of this Federal Register document: Electronic copies of this
Federal Register document are available at http://www.regulations.gov.
This document, as well as news releases and other relevant information
are also available on the OSHA web page at http://www.osha.gov.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On September 30, 2021, President Joseph
Biden signed Executive Order (E.O.) 14048 continuing or reestablishing
certain federal advisory committees, including FACOSH, until September
30, 2023 (86 FR 55465 (10/05/2021)). In response, the Secretary
reestablished FACOSH and the Department of Labor (DOL) filed the FACOSH
charter on October 14, 2021. FACOSH will terminate on September 30,
2023, unless continued by the President. The FACOSH charter is
available to read or download at https://www.osha.gov/. In addition,
the Secretary invites interested persons to submit nominations for
membership on FACOSH.
FACOSH is authorized to advise the Secretary on all matters
relating to the occupational safety and health of federal employees (5
U.S.C. 7902; 29 U.S.C. 668, Executive Order 12196, as amended). This
includes providing advice on how to reduce and keep to a minimum the
number of injuries and illnesses in the federal workforce, and how to
encourage the establishment and maintenance of effective occupational
safety and health programs in each federal agency.
B. FACOSH Membership
DOL invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified
candidates to be considered for appointment to FACOSH. The Council was
chartered to provide advice relating to the occupational safety and
health of federal employees. This notice solicits nominations to fill
sixteen vacancies; eight are members representing federal departments
and agencies (management members), and eight are from labor
organizations representing federal employees (labor members). The
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health invites
interested individuals to submit nominations for membership on FACOSH.
DOL anticipates filling vacancies by December 2021. Sources in addition
to this Federal Register Notice will be utilized in the solicitation of
The Secretary will appoint 16 FACOSH members to staggered terms of
up to three years as follows:
Eight labor representatives--three representatives for
three-year terms, three representatives for two-year terms and two
representatives for one-year terms; and
Eight management representatives--three representatives
for three-year terms, three representatives for two-year terms and two
representatives for one-year terms.
FACOSH members serve at the pleasure of the Secretary and may be
appointed to successive terms. FACOSH meets at least twice a year.
DOL is committed to equal opportunity in the workplace and seeks
broad-based and diverse FACOSH membership. Any federal agency, labor
organization, or individual may nominate one or more qualified persons
for membership on FACOSH. Individuals also are invited and encouraged
to submit statements in support of a nominee(s).
C. Nomination Requirements
Submission of nominations must include the following information:
1. The nominee's name and contact information;
2. Category of membership (management or labor) that the nominee is
qualified to represent;
3. The nominee's resume or curriculum vitae, including prior
membership on FACOSH and other relevant organizations, associations and
4. A summary of the nominee's background, experience and
qualifications that address the nominee's suitability to serve on
5. Articles or other documents the nominee has authored, if any,
that indicate the nominee's knowledge, experience and expertise in
occupational safety and health, particularly as it pertains to the
federal workforce; and
6. A statement that the nominee is aware of the nomination, is
willing to regularly attend and participate in FACOSH meetings, and has
no apparent conflicts of interest that would preclude membership on
D. Member Selection
The Secretary appoints FACOSH members based upon criteria that
include the nominee's level of responsibility for occupational safety
and health matters involving the federal workforce; experience and
competence in occupational safety and health; and willingness and
ability to regularly and fully participate in FACOSH meetings. Federal
agency management nominees who serve as their agency's Designated
Agency Safety and Health Official (DASHO), or have an equivalent level
of responsibility within their respective federal agencies, are
preferred as management members. Labor nominees who have
responsibilities for federal employee occupational safety and health
matters within their labor organizations are preferred as labor
Information received through the nomination process, along with
other relevant sources of information, will assist the Secretary in
making appointments to FACOSH. In selecting FACOSH members, the
Secretary will consider individuals nominated in response to this
Federal Register notice, as well as other qualified individuals. OSHA
will publish a list of the new FACOSH members in the Federal Register.
OSHA will consider any nomination submitted in response to this
notice for the terms that begin January 1, 2022, or shortly thereafter.
In addition, OSHA will consider the nominations for any vacancy that
may occur during 2022 provided the nominee remains eligible to serve on
FACOSH. OSHA believes that ``rolling over'' nominations for future
consideration will make it easier for interested individuals to submit
nominations and be considered for membership on FACOSH. This process
also will provide OSHA with a broad base of nominations for ensuring
that FACOSH membership is fairly balanced, which the Federal Advisory
Committee Act requires (5 U.S.C. App.2, Section (5)(b)(2); 41 CFR 102-
3.30(c)). OSHA will continue to request nominations as vacancies occur,
but nominees whose information is current and accurate will not need to
resubmit a nomination.
Authority and Signature
James S. Frederick, Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for
Occupational Safety and Health, directed the preparation of this notice
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 7902; 5 U.S.C. App. 2; 29 U.S.C. 668; E.O. 12196
(45 FR 12629 (2/27/1980)), as amended; 41 CFR part 102-3; and Secretary
of Labor's Order 08-2020 (85 FR 58393).
Signed at Washington, DC.
James S. Frederick,
Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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