Solis to Establish Charter of Maritime Advisory Committee for Safety and Health

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis will re-establish the charter of OSHA’s Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH).

Established in 1995, the committee is composed of approximately 15 members who are industry professionals selected to represent the interests of the maritime community.

“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 OSHA Administrator 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 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 also may provide advice in new areas in which OSHA chooses to pursue or expand its maritime programs to address specific needs.

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 https://www.osha.gov/dts/maritime/macosh/index.html.

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