[Federal Register: August 22, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 164)]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH);
Notice of Renewal of Charter
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
ACTION: Notice of Renewal of ACCSH Charter.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory
Committee Act (FACA), as amended (5 U.S.C., App. 2), and its
implementing regulations (41 CFR 102-3, Federal Advisory Committee
Management), the Secretary of Labor has determined that the renewal of
the Charter for the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health
(ACCSH) is necessary and in the public interest. Accordingly, the U.S.
Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
has renewed the ACCSH Charter with several minor revisions. The revisions
relate to procedural matters which do not substantively affect the objectives
or activities of the ACCSH Committee. The ACCSH Charter will expire on May 6, 2010.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Joseph Hajdusiewicz, Office of
Construction Service, Directorate of Construction, Occupational Safety
and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-3468, 200
Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; Telephone: (202) 693-
2020 or Facsimile: (202) 693-1689.
The Committee will advise the Assistant Secretary of Labor for
Occupational Safety and Health in the formulation of construction
safety and health standards under the Contract Work Hours and Safety
Standards Act (40 U.S.C. 3701 et seq.), commonly known as the
Construction Safety Act (CSA), and the Occupational Safety and Health
Act of 1970 (OSH Act) (29 U.S.C. 651 et seq.). The ACCSH also provides
advice on the administration of the safety and health provisions of the
CSA (29 CFR 1912.5(c)).
Under OSHA regulations (29 CFR 1912.3), the ACCSH is composed of 15
members appointed by the Assistant Secretary as follows: One member who
is a designee of the Secretary of Health and Human Services; five
members who are qualified by experience and affiliation to represent
the viewpoint of employers involved in construction; five members,
similarly qualified, to represent the viewpoint of the employees
involved in construction, two members who are representatives of State
safety and health agencies; and two members who are qualified by
knowledge and experience to represent the general public and to make a
useful contribution to the work of the Committee. One of the members is
appointed to serve as the Committee chair. Members generally serve two-
year staggered terms except for the designee of the Secretary of Health
and Human Services who has no fixed term. Members may be appointed to
serve successive terms or may be removed at any time and replaced. If
otherwise qualified, a member may continue to serve after his or her
term expires, until successors are appointed.
The ACCSH charter is required to be renewed every two years. The
current charter was to have expired on July 3, 2008. In light of the
Committee's past contribution toward OSHA's construction safety and
health mission, OSHA has determined that renewal of the charter for
another two years is necessary and in the public interest. In addition
to the renewal, OSHA has amended the charter to address procedural
matters in the following sections: the Objectives and Scope of Activity
section was amended to include references to the Federal Advisory
Committee Act to be consistent with the Department's procedures; the
Membership section was amended to more accurately reflect Committee
members' terms of service, the Estimated Annual Operating Costs in
Dollars and Staff Years section was amended to reflect increases in the
Committee's annual budget ($152,000 to $180,000) to account for
increased costs for travel, logistical and conference support for the
Committee and its workgroup meetings; and the Meetings section was
amended to reflect that the Committee is generally expected to meet
between two and four times per year.
II. Authority and Signature
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational
Safety and Health, directed the preparation of this notice. The
authority for this notice is granted by section 7 of the Occupational
Safety and Health Act of 1970 (29 U.S.C. 656), section 107 of the
Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (Construction Safety Act)
(40 U.S.C. 3701 et seq.), 29 CFR 1911 and 1912, and Secretary of
Labor's Order No. 5-2007 (72 FR 31159).
Signed at Washington, DC on August 14th, 2008.
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. E8-19444 Filed 8-21-08; 8:45 am]
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