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August 2, 2012
Contact: Office of Communications
Phone: 202-693-1999

OSHA seeks nominations for members to serve on
Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced that nominations are being accepted for members to serve on the upcoming Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH).

The Secretary of Labor and OSHA intend to re-charter MACOSH for two years when the current charter expires January 25, 2013.

MACOSH functions as an advisory body and reports to the Secretary of Labor through OSHA on matters relating to occupational safety and health programs, enforcement, new initiatives and standards for maritime industries, including longshoring, marine terminals, and shipyard employment. The committee makes recommendations and assists the department and OSHA on policy issues about safe and healthful employment in maritime industries. MACOSH consists of no more than 15 members appointed by the Secretary.

Nominations of new members or resubmissions of former or current members will be accepted for those interested in representing employers, employees, safety and health professional organizations and government organizations. Members serve two-year terms.

Individuals may submit nominations electronically at, the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Submissions may also be sent by mail or facsimile. See the Federal Register notice for details. Nominations must be submitted by September 17, 2012.

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