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• Publication Date: 12/14/2009
• Publication Type: Notice
• Fed Register #: 74:66151-66153
• Standard Number: 1960
• Title: Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health (FACOSH)

[Federal Register: December 14, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 238)]
[Notices]               
[Page 66151-66153]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. OSHA-2009-0038]

 
Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health 
(FACOSH)

AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.

ACTION: Request for nominations to serve on FACOSH; renewal of FACOSH 
charter.

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SUMMARY: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration invites 
interested parties to submit nominations for membership on FACOSH, 
whose charter the Secretary of Labor renewed on November 6, 2009.

DATES: Nominations for FACOSH must be submitted (postmarked, sent, 
transmitted, received) by February 12, 2010.

ADDRESSES: You may submit nominations for FACOSH, identified by Docket 
No. OSHA-2009-0038, by any one of the following methods:
    Electronically: Nominations, including attachments, may be 
submitted electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal 
eRulemaking Portal. Follow the online instructions for submitting 
nominations;
    Facsimile: If the nomination, including attachments, does not 
exceed 10 pages, you may fax it to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-
1648;
    Mail, express delivery, hand delivery, messenger or courier 
service: Submit three copies of nominations to the OSHA Docket Office, 
Docket No. OSHA-2009-0038, Room N-2625, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 
Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 693-
2350 (TTY number (877) 889-5627). Deliveries (hand, express mail, 
messenger and courier service) are accepted during the Department of 
Labor's and OSHA Docket Office's normal business hours, 8:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m., e.t.
    Instructions: All nominations for FACOSH must include the agency 
name and docket number for this Federal Register notice (Docket No. 
OSHA-2009-0038). Because of security-related procedures, submitting 
nominations by regular mail may result in a significant delay in their 
receipt. Please contact the OSHA Docket Office, at the address above, 
for information about security procedures for submitting nominations by 
hand delivery, express delivery, and messenger or courier service. For 
additional information on submitting nominations, see the "Public 
Participation" heading in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.
    All submissions in response to this Federal Register notice, 
including personal information provided, will be posted without change 
at http://www.regulations.gov. Therefore, OSHA cautions interested 
parties about submitting personal information such as social security 
numbers and birth dates.
    Docket: To read or download submissions in response to this Federal 
Register notice, go to Docket No. OSHA-2009-0038 at http://
www.regulations.gov. All documents in the docket are listed in the 
http://www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some 
documents (e.g., copyrighted material) are not publicly available to 
read or download through the Web page. All submissions, including 
copyrighted material, are available for inspection and copying at the 
OSHA Docket Office at the address above.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For press inquiries: Ms. Jennifer 
Ashley, OSHA, Office of Communications, U.S. Department of Labor, Room 
N-3647, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone 
(202) 693-1999.
    For general information: Mr. Francis Yebesi, OSHA, Office of 
Federal Agency Programs, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-3622, 200 
Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 693-
2122; e-mail ofap@dol.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Request for Nominations To Serve on FACOSH

    The Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health 
(Assistant Secretary) invites interested parties to submit nominations 
for membership on FACOSH.
    FACOSH is authorized to advise the Secretary of Labor (Secretary) 
on all matters relating to the occupational safety and health of 
federal employees (Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (29 
U.S.C. 668), 5 U.S.C. 7902, Executive Orders 12196 and 13511). 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 the establishment and maintenance of effective occupational 
safety and health programs in each Federal agency.
    FACOSH is comprised of 16 members, who the Secretary appoints for 
terms not to exceed three years. The Assistant Secretary, who chairs 
FACOSH, is seeking nominations both for vacancies that occurred during 
calendar year (CY) 2009 and that will occur in CY 2010. To provide 
continuity, the terms of FACOSH members are staggered so that the terms 
of five to six members expire each year. The Secretary will make five 
two-year appointments to fill the CY 2009 vacancies, and five three-
year appointments to fill the CY 2010 vacancies.
    The composition of FACOSH membership and the number of new members 
to be appointed are:

     Eight members are management representatives from Federal 
agencies. Five appointments will be made, including two appointments 
for three-year terms and three appointments for two-year terms; and
     Eight members are representatives of labor organizations 
representing federal employees. Five appointments will be made, 
including three appointments for three-year terms and two appointments 
for two-year terms.
    FACOSH members serve at the pleasure of the Secretary unless the 
member is no longer qualified to serve, resigns, or is removed by the 
Secretary. The Secretary may appoint FACOSH members to successive 
terms. FACOSH usually meets between two to six times annually.
    Interested parties may nominate one or more qualified persons for 
membership. Others are invited and encouraged to submit endorsements in 
support of a nominee. Nominations must include the following 
information:
     Nominee's resume or curriculum vitae, including contact 
information, current position, and membership on FACOSH and other 
relevant organizations;
     Category of membership for which the nominee is qualified 
to serve;
     A summary of the nominee's background, experience and 
qualifications for membership;
     Articles or other documents the nominee has authored that 
indicate their knowledge, experience, and expertise in occupational 
safety and health, particularly as it pertains to the federal 
workforce;
     A statement attesting that that the individual is aware of 
the nomination and has no apparent conflicts of interest that would 
preclude membership on FACOSH; and
     A written commitment that the nominee will attend and 
participate in FACOSH meetings regularly throughout the term.
    The Secretary will appoint FACOSH members based upon criteria 
including, but not limited to, the nominee's level of responsibility 
for occupational safety and health matters involving the federal 
workforce, experience and competence in occupational safety and health, 
and willingness and ability to regularly and fully participate in 
FACOSH meetings. Federal agency management nominees who serve as their 
agency's Designated Agency Safety and Health Official and labor 
nominees who are responsible for federal employee occupational safety 
and health matters within their respective organizations are preferred 
as management and labor members, respectively.
    The information received through the nomination process, along with 
other relevant sources of information, will assist the Secretary in 
making appointments to FACOSH. In selecting FACOSH members, the 
Secretary will consider individuals nominated in response to this 
Federal Register notice, as well as other qualified individuals. OSHA 
will publish a list of the new FACOSH members in the Federal Register.

Public Participation--Submission of Nominations and Access to Docket

    Interested parties may submit nominations and supplemental 
materials by any one of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES section. 
All comments, attachments and other materials must identify the agency 
name and the OSHA docket number for this Federal Register notice 
(Docket No. OSHA 2009-0038). You may supplement electronic nominations 
by uploading document files electronically. If, instead, you wish to 
submit hard copies of any additional material in reference to an 
electronic submission, you must submit three copies to the OSHA Docket 
Office following the instructions in the ADDRESSES section. The 
additional material must clearly identify your electronic submission by 
name, date, and docket number so OSHA can attach it to your nomination.
    Because of security-related procedures, the use of regular mail may 
result in a significant delay in the receipt of nominations. For information 
about security procedures concerning the delivery of materials by hand, express 
delivery, messenger or courier service, please contact the OSHA Docket Office 
(see ADDRESSES section).
    Submissions in response to this Federal Register notice are posted 
without change at http://www.regulations.gov. Therefore, OSHA cautions 
interested parties about submitting personal information such as social 
security numbers and birth dates. Although all submissions are listed 
in the http://www.regulations.gov index, some documents (e.g., 
copyrighted material) are not publicly available to read or download 
through the Web page. All submissions, including copyrighted material, 
are available for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office.
    Information on using the http://www.regulations.gov Web page to 
make submissions and to access the docket and exhibits is available at 
the Web page's Help link. Contact the OSHA Docket Office for 
information about materials not available through the Web page and for 
assistance in locating submissions and other documents in the docket.
    Electronic copies of this Federal Register notice are available at 
http://www.regulations.gov. This notice, as well as news releases and 
other relevant information, is available at OSHA's Web page at http://
www.osha.gov.

Charter Renewal

    Section 7902 of Title 5 of the U.S. Code provides that the 
President may establish, by executive order, a safety council (FACOSH) 
composed of representatives of Federal agencies and labor organizations 
representing Federal employees to serve as an advisory body to the 
Secretary on issues involving the occupational safety and health of the 
federal workforce. On September 29, 2009, President Barack Obama signed 
Executive Order 13511 authorizing the continuance of FACOSH for two 
another years, until September 30, 2011 (5 U.S.C. 7902).
    The Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) requires that, upon the 
continuance or renewal of an advisory committee, a new charter be filed 
(5 U.S.C. App. Sec.  14). Pursuant to FACA and its implementing 
regulations (41 CFR Part 102-3), on November 6, 2009, the Secretary 
renewed the FACOSH charter, which expired on September 30, 2009. The 
new FACOSH charter will expire on September 30, 2011, unless the 
Secretary terminates it prior to that date.
    Authority and Signature: Jordan Barab, Acting Assistant Secretary 
of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, directed the preparation 
of this notice under the authority granted by section 19 of the 
Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (29 U.S.C. 668), 5 U.S.C. 
7902, the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App), Executive 
Order 13511, 29 CFR Part 1960 (Basic Program Elements of for Federal 
Employee Occupational Safety and Health Programs), 41 CFR Part 102-3, 
and Secretary of Labor's Order 5-2007 (72 FR 31160).

    Signed at Washington, DC, this 8th day of December 2009.
Jordan Barab,
Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. E9-29675 Filed 12-11-09; 8:45 am]

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