Maritime Industry

Maritime Advisory Committee


MACOSH is a non-discretionary committee authorized by Section 7(d) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) to provide advice to the Secretary in formulating maritime industry standards and regarding matters pertaining to the administration of the OSH Act related to the maritime industry. The Committee has been in existence since 1995. It was preceded by the Shipyard Employment Standards Advisory Committee (SESAC), which advised OSHA on shipyard issues from 1988 to 1995. MACOSH is subject to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (5 U.S.C. App. 2) and its implementing regulations (41 CFR 101-6 and 102-3).

MACOSH is comprised of 15 representative members and one Special Agency Liaison (SAL), who is the Director of the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP).

The SAL is a non-voting, ex officio member because OWCP oversees the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, which protects most waterfront workers. The Secretary appoints one of the 15 representative members to serve as the Committee Chair.

All MACOSH meetings are open to the Public and are announced in the Federal Register. Additional information about Federal Advisory Committees is available in 29 CFR 1912.

Find Additional Information

See additional information on Committee Charter, Membership, Meeting Minutes, and Federal Register Notices.

OSHA Contacts

For general information about MACOSH and MACOSH meetings: Amy Wangdahl, Director, Office of Maritime and Agriculture, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-3609, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 693-2066.