Maritime Industry

Maritime Advisory Committee

MACOSH is a discretionary committee established on February 8, 1995 and is authorized by Section 7(b) of the OSH Act to advise, consult with, and make recommendations to the Secretary of Labor through the Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health (Assistant Secretary) on matters relating to the safety and health of workers in the maritime sector. Primary focus includes safety and health hazards associated with shipbuilding, shipbreaking, ship repair, commercial fishing, longshoring, and marine terminal industries in the United States.

On December 20, 2019, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) (Pub. L. 116-92) amended the OSH Act to change MACOSH from a committee that is authorized by statute to one that is required by statute, making it non-discretionary.

MACOSH is comprised of 15 representative members appointed by the Secretary, and one Special Agency Liaison (SAL). The SAL, head of the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, is a non-voting member selected because of that office's work in upholding the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, which protects most waterfront workers. One of the 15 representative members is appointed by the Secretary 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 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.