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Release Number: 10-1784-NAT
Jan. 10, 2011
Contact: Diana Petterson       Jason Surbey
Phone: 202-693-1898       202-693-4668
E-mail: petterson.diana@dol.gov       surbey.jason@dol.gov

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis to establish charter of
maritime advisory committee for safety and health

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis will re-establish the charter of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health. Established in 1995, the committee is composed of approximately 15 members who are industry professionals selected to represent the interests of the maritime community. A notice is published in today's Federal Register, which may be viewed at http://s.dol.gov/CJ.

"Re-establishing MACOSH will allow the committee to proceed with its important work to advise OSHA in protecting the safety and health of workers in the maritime industry," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Dr. David Michaels. "MACOSH meetings provide the public with an opportunity to participate in committee activities on issues related to the safety and health of shipyard, long shoring and marine terminal workers."

The maritime industry has been selected for special attention due to high injury and illness rates and the specialized nature of some occupations. On behalf of Secretary Solis, Michaels may seek advice from the committee on a variety of subjects, which may include rulemaking to update regulatory requirements; development of guidance and outreach materials tailored to individual sectors of the industry; and other activities to help reduce work-related deaths, injuries and illnesses. The committee may also provide advice in new areas in which OSHA chooses to pursue or expand its maritime programs to address specific needs.

Meetings of the committee are announced in the Federal Register and are open to the public. General information inquiries should be directed to Joseph Daddura, director of OSHA's Office of Maritime in the Directorate of Standards and Guidance, at 202-693-2067.

For more information about the charter, visit http://www.fido.gov/facadatabase/Search.asp and search by name for "Maritime Advisory Committee." More information on the committee can be found at http://www.osha.gov/dts/maritime/macosh/index.html.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, 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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