July 17, 2007
Contact: Office of Communications
Phone: (202) 693-1999
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor¿s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is holding an open meeting of the Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH) and its workgroups in Oakland, Calif., July 31 and Aug. 1. Notice of the MACOSH meeting was published in the July 13, 2007 Federal Register.
The workgroups will meet on July 31 from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and MACOSH will meet on Aug. 1 from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Both meetings will be at the Elihu Harris State Office Building, 1515 Clay Street, Oakland, Calif., 94612.
The 15-person committee advises the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health on issues relating to occupational safety and health in maritime industries.
The committee has five workgroups; Health, Longshoring, Cranes and Falls, Shipyards, and Outreach and Safety Culture. Some of the topics for discussion include: radiation exposure at maritime terminals from cargo screening devices, crane-operator radio communications, traffic safety, roll-on roll-off cargo guidance, working on or under suspended loads, spray paint standards, substance abuse, OSHA/Coast Guard coordination, updating the OSHA Training Institute shipyard and longshoring courses, training requirements guidance products, and industry pocket guides.
For general information about MACOSH and this meeting contact David Wallis, acting director, Office of Maritime, U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA, Room N-3609, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20210, phone: (202) 693-2086. Individuals with disabilities wishing to attend the meeting should contact Vanessa L. Welch at (202) 693-2086 no later than July 20, 2007, to obtain appropriate accommodations.
Written data, views, or comments for consideration by MACOSH on the various agenda items listed above should be submitted to Ms. Welch at the address listed above. Submissions received by July 20, 2007 will be provided to committee members and will be included in the record of the meeting. Anyone wishing to make an oral presentation to the committee on any of the agenda items listed above should notify Ms. Welch by July 20, 2007. The request should state the amount of time desired, the capacity in which the person will appear, and a brief outline of the content of the presentation.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA¿s role is to assure the safety and health of America¿s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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