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OSHA Trade Release
June 4, 2004
Contact: Frank Meilinger
WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is inviting the public to participate in a second set of informal stakeholder meetings next month for discussions on reducing noise exposures and hearing loss of workers in the construction industry.
The meetings, scheduled for July 21-22 in Herndon, Va., are a continuation of OSHA's information gathering process that began with an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Aug. 5, 2002, that addressed the issue. At that time, OSHA asked for comments on whether the agency should add a requirement for a hearing conservation program to its construction noise standard similar to those requirements that cover general industry workers. The agency held stakeholder meetings in Chicago on March 24-25.
Agenda items to be discussed at the meetings include a task-based approach to implementing hearing conservation programs, including exposure assessment and the use of hearing protection devices to reduce worker exposure to noise in the construction industry. OSHA's current construction noise standards require employers to protect workers from hazardous noise and provide hearing protection devices to workers engaged in construction and renovation work when high noise levels are present.
The stakeholder meetings will be held July 21-22, 2004, at the Hyatt Dulles Hotel, 2300 Dulles Corner Boulevard, Herndon, Va., from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. both days. The meetings are informal; therefore, formal and written testimony is not necessary. However, persons wishing to participate in one of the meetings must notify OSHA by July 6, 2004. Notifications, including name, affiliation, contact information and the session you plan to attend, can be made electronically, via facsimile, or mail. OSHA encourages notifications be made via e-mail to email@example.com. You may submit your notice by facsimile by calling (202) 693-1678 or write to: Christie Garner, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-3718, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20210.
Notice of the meetings are scheduled for publication in the June 7 Federal Register.
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