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OSHA seeking nominations for maritime advisory committee

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Washington — OSHA is accepting nominations for its Maritime Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health, moving one step closer to reviving all of its advisory committees, the agency announced in a notice published in the Oct. 26 Federal Register.

MACOSH advises the secretary of labor on matters relating to occupational safety and health programs, enforcement, new initiatives, and standards for maritime industries. The 15-member committee is appointed by the secretary of labor.

Nominees will represent “affected interests such as employers, employees, safety and health professional organizations, (and) government organizations,” among others, in commercial fishing, longshoring and shipyard industries.

MACOSH’s charter was renewed for two years on Jan. 23, 2017, but the committee has not met since Aug. 10, 2016, according to meeting minutes posted on OSHA’s website.

OSHA renewed its National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health’s two-year charter on Oct. 11 and announced it was seeking nominations a week later. In September, the agency announced it was accepting nominations for its construction advisory committee.

None of the three committees has met in the past 16 months. OSHA declined to renew the charter on the Federal Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health.

Nominations for MACOSH are due by Dec. 10.

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