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Monday, November 18, 2019

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The U.S. Department of Labor announced late last week that is has scheduled a meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health for Dec. 12 in Washington, D.C.

NACOSH advises, consults with and makes recommendations to the Secretaries of Labor, and Health and Human Services on matters relating to the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 including regulatory, research, compliance assistance and enforcement issues.

According to the DOL, the meeting will include:

  • An update on key OSHA initiatives from Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt; and
  • Remarks from National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Director John Howard.

Comments and requests to speak can be submitted by Dec. 5.

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The U.S. Department of Labor announced late last week that is has scheduled a meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health for Dec. 12 in Washington, D.C.

The DOL announced 12 new members to NACOSH last month. The members, four of whom were designated by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, represent occupational health, occupational safety, labor, management and public interests, according to the DOL.

The new members include:

Occupational health representatives

  • Patricia Bertsche, Ph.D., Occupational Health & Wellness Consultant, PKB Consulting, LLC (HHS Designee), appointed to a two-year term; and
  • John Lambeth, CIH, CSP, Director, Safety and Health, AFL-CIO (HHS Designee), appointed to a one-year term.

Occupational safety representatives

  • Michael Belcher, CSP, President, SafetyPro, LLC, appointed to a two-year term; annd
  • Kelli Smith, Occupational Health Director, Cummins, Inc., appointed to a one-year term.

Labor representatives

  • Robyn Robbins, Director, Occupational Safety and Health, United Food & Commercial Workers International Union, appointed to a one-year term; and
  • Steven Sallman, Safety and Health Specialist, Safety & Environment Department, United Steelworkers, appointed to a two-year term.

Management representatives

  • Amy Harper, Deputy Director, National Safety Council, appointed to a one-year term; and
  • William Walkowiak, Director, Occupational Safety Policy and Programs, Office of the Deputy Assistant to the Air Force, appointed to a two-year term.

Public representatives

  • Mark Friend, CSP, Professor & Interim Dean, School of Graduate Studies, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, appointed to a one-year term;
  • Cynthia Lewis, M.S.P.H., ASP, Director, Gulf Coast Safety Institute (HHS Designee), appointed to a two-year term;
  • Andrew Perkins, CIH, CSP, Senior Industrial Hygienist, Alabama Power Company (HHS Designee), appointed to a one-year term; and
  • Anne Soiza, Assistant Director, Washington Department of Labor and Industries, Division of Occupational Safety and Health, appointed to Chair the committee for a two-year term.

Other Recent Safety News

Earlier this month, the Associated Builders and Contractors announced that its Vice President of Health, Safety, Environment and Workforce Developer, Greg Sizemore, spoke at a Nov. 7 Occupational Safety and Health Administration public meeting on leading indicators of safety and health programs.

“Sizemore emphasized the importance of leading indicators as a proactive measure to prevent workplace hazards and reduce recordable incidents, resulting in improved safety and health performance,” the ABC said.

In his talk, Sizemore cited the ABC’s 2019 Safety Performance Report, an annual assessment of data from the association’s Safety Training Evaluation Process in 2018. Sizemore outlined the impact that indicators, such as tool-box talks or substance abuse programs, have on a construction company’s safety performance.

And last month, the DOL’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced it had implemented a new OSHA Weighting System for the 2020 fiscal year. That OWS replaces the previous Enforcement Weighting System implemented in 2015.

   

Tagged categories: Department of Labor; Government; Health & Safety; Health and safety; NA; North America; OSHA; OSHA; Safety

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