Group Meets to Discuss Fire Protection for Shipyard Workers

The Fire Protection for Shipyard Employment Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee will meet in Houston, Tex., soon to discuss a proposed standard to protect shipyard workers from fire hazards.

The Fire Protection for Shipyard Employment Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee will meet in Houston, Tex., on Feb. 5-7 to discuss a proposed standard to protect shipyard workers from fire hazards.

The three-day public meeting will be held at the Hilton Houston Hobby Airport located at 8181 Airport Blvd., Houston, Tex. The meeting will meet from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 5-6, and 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Feb. 7.

The committee's goal is to reach consensus on a draft proposed standard and preamble that it will recommend to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The committee members represent groups interested in, or significantly affected by, the outcome of the rulemaking. They include representatives of shipyards, labor unions, professional associations, and government agencies.

The committee will continue its discussions on a proposed standard. Specific issues will be addressed, including: scope and application; administrative, engineering and work practice controls; fire brigades; written fire plans; technical advances; cost of fire protection; and the content of appendices.

Deadline for written comments and requests for oral presentations is Jan. 31. They should be sent to Joseph Daddura, acting director of the Office of Maritime Standards, OSHA, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210 or via e-mail at [email protected]

Individuals with disabilities wishing to attend the meeting and who require special accommodation should contact Theda Kenney at (202) 693-2044 one week before the meeting.

edited by Sandy Smith ([email protected])

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