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March 25, 2010
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Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health meeting scheduled for April 27 and 29

WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will hold a meeting of the Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH) April 27 and 29, 2010, in Newport, Rhode Island. Since it was established in 1995, MACOSH and OSHA have collaborated to reduce injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in the maritime industries from hazards such as electrocution, burns, falls, and drowning. FR notice.

MACOSH also advises Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health David Michaels, Ph.D., M.P.H., on worker safety and health in the maritime industries. The agenda for this meeting will include updates on OSHA activities and reports from the committee's Longshoring and Shipyard workgroups that have addressed maritime safety and health issues related to arc flash, confined spaces, and fall protection, among others.

The meeting will be held at the Newport Marriott Hotel, 25 America's Cup Avenue, Newport, R.I., 02840. The Shipyard and Longshoring workgroups will meet on Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the full committee will meet on Thursday, April 29, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MACOSH meetings are open to the public. Individuals with disabilities wishing to attend the meeting should contact Vanessa Welch at (202) 693-2080 no later than April 14, 2010, to obtain appropriate accommodations.

Written data, views, or comments on the various agenda items for consideration by MACOSH should be mailed to Vanessa Welch, Office of Maritime, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-3609, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210. Materials may also be sent by facsimile to (202) 693-1663. Submissions received by April 14, 2010, will be provided to committee members and will be included in the record of the meeting. Requests to make oral presentations to the committee may be granted as time permits.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

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