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Scalia renews MACOSH charter

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Washington — Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia has renewed the two-year charter for the Maritime Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health, OSHA announced in a notice published in the Dec. 8 Federal Register.

In accordance with the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, MACOSH is no longer a discretionary committee but one required by statute. OSHA on Nov. 18 added regulations to help govern the committee, and those rules are set to go into effect Dec. 18.

One of those additions, 1912.13(b), capped MACOSH membership at 15. The most recent committee had four members representing government interests, four representing worker interests, four representing employer interests and three representing professional organizations. The committee also included a special agency liaison – Julia Hearthway, director of the Department of Labor Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs.

 

A request for nominees appeared in a separate notice published in the Dec. 8 Federal Register, with a deadline of Jan. 22. MACOSH members serve a two-year term, which begins from the date of appointment by the secretary of labor.

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