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Sept. 9, 2009
Contact: Office of Communications
Phone: 202-693-1999

Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health addresses influenza preparedness

WASHINGTON - Preparedness planning for the H1N1 flu is the focus of a special meeting of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health (FACOSH). The meeting will be held Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, in Washington, D.C.

Participants will discuss recommendations in a draft report provided by the FACOSH Emerging Issues Workgroup on federal agency pandemic influenza preparedness planning for the federal workforce. The workgroup will present findings from its analysis of lessons the agency learned from the Spring 2009 H1N1 influenza outbreak.

The meeting will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., in Room N-4437 B/C/D, U.S. Department of Labor, Frances Perkins Building, 200 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C., 20210.

The committee advises the Secretary of Labor on occupational safety and health issues related to the federal workforce, including advice on how to reduce the number of injuries and illnesses. FACOSH members also recommend methods for establishing and maintaining effective occupational safety and health programs in each federal agency.

For general information, contact Francis Yebesi, OSHA Office of Federal Agency Programs, at 202-693-2122 or e-mail ofap@dol.gov. Press inquiries should be directed to Jennifer Ashley, OSHA Office of Communications, at 202-693-1999. Individuals who need special accommodations should contact Veneta Chatmon, OSHA Office of Communications, at 202-693-1999.

H1N1 influenza is a virus similar to regular seasonal influenza and is spread from person to person through coughing or sneezing from an infected person. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. The preparedness planning currently underway for the H1N1 influenza builds upon the preparedness planning the agency conducted after the 2005 avian influenza.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, OSHA's role is to promote safe and healthful working conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; and providing training, outreach and education. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

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