News | June 16, 1999

Will MACOSH Leave its Heart in San Francisco?

Tony Bennett probably won't attend, but for those interested in maritime safety, the Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH) will meet in San Francisco, CA, on June 29 and 30.

MACOSH was created to advise the Secretary of Labor on issues relating to occupational safety and health programs, policies and standards in the maritime industries in the US. The meeting agenda includes: a discussion of vertical tandem lifts in the marine cargo handling environment; an update on At-Risk Assessment Guidelines; training partnerships; an update on ergonomics projects; a general OSHA standards update (including a standards update and a discussion on the draft safety and health program regulation and on personal protective equipment); and an OSHA compliance update. MACOSH subgroups will also report on their activities.

Written data, views, or comments for consideration by MACOSH on the various agenda items listed above may be submitted, preferably with copies, to: Chap Pierce, Director of Fire Protection Engineering and Systems Safety Standards, OSHA, US Department of Labor, Room N-3609, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20210. Phone: 202-693-2255; fax: 202-693-1663. Submissions received by June 18 will be provided to the members of the committee and will be included in the record of the meeting.

Requests to make oral presentations to the committee may be granted if time permits. Anyone wishing to make an oral presentation to the committee on any of the agenda items noted above should notify Chap Pierce by June 22. The request should state the amount of time desired, the capacity in which the person will appear, and a brief outline of the content of the presentation.

MACOSH meetings are open to the public. This meeting will be held at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel on Union Square at 450 Powell St., San Francisco, CA; phone: 415-392-7755. For further information, contact Bonnie Friedman, Director, Office of Information and Consumer Affairs, OSHA, at 202-693-1999.