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Emergency response group’s first meeting slated for Sept. 9

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Washington – A new emergency preparedness initiative from OSHA is about to take shape.

The National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health’s Emergency Response and Preparedness Subcommittee will conduct its inaugural meeting Sept. 9 in the nation’s capital, OSHA recently announced.

The subcommittee was formed in response to OSHA’s request for recommendations about developing a proposed rule on emergency response and preparedness. Topics expected to be discussed at the meeting include:

  • Potential components of a proposed rule
  • Facility and equipment preparedness
  • Vehicle preparedness and operation
  • Pre-incident planning
  • Emergency incident standard operating procedures
  • Post-incident analysis
  • Program evaluation

The subcommittee is expected to craft recommendations and develop regulatory text for a proposed rule in the next 12 to 18 months. The recommendations will be submitted to NACOSH, which will consider making any additional changes before submitting the information to the secretary of labor.

Anyone interested in attending the meeting or submitting comments should contact Bill Hamilton by Sept. 2 at hamilton.bill@dol.gov or (202) 693-2077.