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January 19, 2017
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Phone: 202-693-1999

US Department of Labor renews the Maritime Advisory Committee 
for Occupational Safety and Health

WASHINGTON - Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez renewed the charter of the Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health. The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that all advisory committees renew their charters every two years.

MACOSH, established by the U.S. Department of Labor in 1995, advises the secretary of labor, through the assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, on working conditions in the maritime industry, including safety and health standards, injury and illness prevention, training and outreach initiatives, and enforcement initiatives to improve the safety and health of maritime workers. The maritime industry includes shipyard employment, longshoring, marine terminal, and other related industries, such as commercial fishing and shipbreaking.

MACOSH consists of 15 members representing workers, employers, and government safety and health agencies. Committee meetings are open to the public.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit

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