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Nov. 71, 2007
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OSHA schedules Maritime Advisory Committee meeting

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 Washington on Nov. 27 and 28, 2007. Notice of the MACOSH meeting was published in today's Federal Register.

The workgroups will meet on Nov. 27 from 8:15 a.m. until 5:15 p.m., and MACOSH will meet on Nov. 28 from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Both meetings will be at the U.S. Department of Labor, Frances Perkins Office Building, 200 Constitution Ave., Washington, D.C., 20210.

The 15-person committee advises the Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA 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; traffic safety guidance; roll-on roll-off cargo guidance; cargo lashing safety; working over water from aerial work platforms; recommendations of the National Transportation Safety Board; leading indicators; e-tools; non-English speaking employee issues; new technology and safety; updating the OSHA Training Institute shipyards and longshoring courses; the new maritime outreach training course; and OSHA's maritime alliance on the 10-hour and 30-hour outreach courses.

For general information about MACOSH and this meeting, contact Joseph V. Daddura, acting director, Office of Maritime, U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA, Room N-3609, 200 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C., 20210, phone: 202-693-2086. Individuals with disabilities who plan to attend the meeting should contact Vanessa L. Welch at 202-693-2086 no later than Nov. 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 Nov. 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 Nov. 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.

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