The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will wind down the calendar year with meetings of several of its advisory committees. As this blog reported earlier this month, the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) will convene on December 3-4 with eight as-yet unnamed new members. Last week, the Labor Department announced the names of four new members for the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH).
NACOSH will meet on December 10 at the Frances Perkins Building in Washington, D.C., the headquarters of the Labor Department. Secretary Thomas Perez renewed the Committee's charter last month for a two-year period. NACOSH advises both Perez and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell on matters of compliance, enforcement, regulation and research.
The meeting will be open to the public and will include National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) director John Howard and Assistant Secretary of Labor David Michaels, the head of OSHA. Among the items on the agenda are Ebola prevention, which falls partly under OSHA's purview, chemical management and the protection of temporary workers.
The four new members are Lisa Brosseau of the University of Illinois at Chicago as a representative of the public, Lamont Byrd of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters for workers, Rick Ingram of BP for employers and Jessica Martinez of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health for safety professionals.
With representatives from all involved parties, NACOSH helps shape OSHA regulations to ensure the safety and well-being of workers in high-risk industries.