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April 16, 2012
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Phone: 202-693-1999

OSHA will hold a meeting of the Federal Advisory Council on
Occupational Safety and Health
Six new members appointed

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold a meeting of the Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health (FACOSH) on Thursday, May 3, 2012, in Washington, D.C. The tentative agenda includes a review of revised recommendations on permissible exposure limits from the FACOSH Emerging Issues – Permissible Exposure Limits Work Group, proposed changes to the Federal Agency Recordkeeping rule, and H1N1 recommendations the Secretary of Labor recently approved.

FACOSH advises the Secretary of Labor on all matters relating to the occupational safety and health of federal employees. 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 each federal executive branch department and agency to establish and maintain effective occupational safety and health programs.

FACOSH will meet from 1– 4:30 p.m. in Room N-4437 A-D, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20210.

Six new members appointed by the Secretary to three-year terms will be announced during the meeting. FACOSH is comprised of 16 members: eight representing federal agency management and eight from labor organizations representing federal employees.

  • Federal employee representatives: Gregory Junemann, International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers; and Milagro Rodriguez, American Federation of Government Employees.
  • Federal Agency Mangement representatives: Catherine V. Emerson, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Rhea S. Suh, U.S. Department of the Interior; and Richard S. Williams, National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
  • The Secretary also appointed Dennis Bushta, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to complete the unexpired term of a federal agency management representative who was no longer able to serve.

The meeting is open to the public. Those interested in submitting comments or requests to speak can do so electronically at, the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Comments and requests to speak may also be submitted by mail or facsimile. See the Federal Register notice for details at Comments and requests to speak must be submitted by April 23, 2012.

Under Section 19 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and Executive Order 12196, the head of each agency is responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for all federal employees by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit

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