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OSHA Seeks FACOSH Board Members

Aug. 16, 2016
Advisory board provides insight to secretary of labor on matters relating to occupational health and safety of federal employees.

OSHA is seeking six representatives to join its Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health (FACOSH).

The three labor representatives and three management representatives will advise the Secretary of Labor on all matters relating to the occupational safety and health of federal employees. This includes providing advice on how to reduce and keep to a minimum the number of injuries and illnesses in the federal workforce and how to encourage the establishment and maintenance of effective occupational safety and health programs in each federal agency, according to OSHA.

FACOSH is comprised of 16 total members, eight management representatives from federal agencies and eight representatives from labor organizations that represent federal employees. FACOSH members are appointed to staggered terms of up to three years.

The secretary of labor appoints FACOSH members based upon criteria that include the nominee's level of responsibility for occupational safety and health matters involving the federal workforce; experience and competence in occupational safety and health; and willingness and ability to regularly and fully participate in FACOSH meetings. The board meets at least twice per year.

Any federal agency, labor organization representing federal workers, or individual(s) may nominate one or more qualified persons for membership on FACOSH. Interested individuals also are invited and encouraged to submit statements in support of a nominee(s).

Nomination requirements must include:

1. The nominee's name, contact information and current employment

2. Category of membership (management or labor) that the nominee is qualified to represent

3. The nominee's resume or curriculum vitae, including prior membership on FACOSH and other relevant organizations, associations and committees.

4. A summary of the nominee's background, experience and qualifications that address the nominee's suitability to serve on FACOSH

5. Articles or other documents the nominee has authored, if any, that indicate the nominee's knowledge, experience and expertise in occupational safety and health, particularly as it pertains to the federal workforce

6. A statement that the nominee is aware of the nomination, is willing to regularly attend and participate in FACOSH meetings, and has no apparent conflicts of interest that would preclude membership on FACOSH

Nominations must be postmarked, sent, transmitted or delivered by Oct. 31, 2016.

OSHA cautions individuals about submitting certain personal information, such as Social Security numbers and birthdates as submissions, including any personal information provided, will be published without change in the FACOSH docket and may be publicly available online at http://www.regulations.gov.

For more information about the requirements and advisory board, click here.

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