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Department of Labor re-establishes construction safety charter

01.13.11

JANUARY 2011, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Department of Labor re-establishes construction safety charter

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

LEHIGH VALLEY, December 14th- The United States Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced the agency will re-establish the charter of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH). The group advises the secretary on formulating safety and health standards and policies that affect construction workers and the construction industry. The charter will expire in two years.

“Since OSHA’s inception, ACCSH has played an important role in furthering the safety and health of workers in the construction industry. The members’ advice and recommendations are extremely valuable to the agency because they have a wealth of knowledge and real-world experience on a wide range of construction trades, activities and issues,” stated Assistant Secretary of labor for OSHA Dr. David Michaels.

Established in 1969 as a continuing advisory committee under the Contract Work Hours Standards Act, commonly known as the Construction Safety Act (CSAct), the ACCSH is comprised of fifteen members appointed by the Secretary of Labor.

The advisory committee consists of five representatives of employers in the construction industry, five representatives who represent the viewpoint of employees in the construction industry, who are generally from various building trades unions, two public representatives of state safety and health agenices and one from the National Institute of Occupational Health. The members generally serve staggered two-year terms and may be re-appointed.

As part of its advisory role, ACCSH provides comments and recommendations on OSHA proposed rules affecting the construction industry. In addition, the committee provides other recommendations and develops various work products such as quick cards and fact sheets for OSHA’s consideration.

Currently, ACCSH also has a number of active work groups focusing on areas including women/diversity in construction, education and training, green jobs, multilinual issues in construction, power fastening tools such as nail guns, prevention by design, residential fall protection, and silica and other construction health hazards. The meetings of ACCSH and its work groups are open to the public.

For more information on Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health and the group’s reports and recommendations go to
http://www.osha.gov/doc/accsh/index.html

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