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Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health (FACOSH)

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AGENCY:

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.

ACTION:

Announcement of FACOSH meeting and member appointments.

SUMMARY:

The Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health (FACOSH) will meet on June 6, 2013, in Washington, DC. This Federal Register notice also announces the appointment of seven individuals to serve on FACOSH.

DATES:

FACOSH meeting: FACOSH will meet from 1 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, June 6, 2013.

Submission of comments, requests to speak, speaker presentations, and requests for special accommodations: You must submit (postmark, send, transmit) comments, requests to speak at the FACOSH meeting, speaker presentations, and requests for special accommodations to attend the meeting by May 23, 2013.

ADDRESSES:

FACOSH meeting: FACOSH will meet in Rooms S-4215 A-C, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210.

Submission of comments, requests to speak, and speaker presentations: You may submit comments, requests to speak at the FACOSH meeting, and speaker presentations using one of the following methods:

Electronically: You may submit materials, including attachments, electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Follow the online instructions for making submissions;

Facsimile: If your submission, including attachments, does not exceed 10 pages, you may fax it to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-1648; or

Mail, express delivery, hand delivery, or messenger/courier service: You may submit materials to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA-2013-0013, Room N-2625, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 693-2350, (OSHA's TTY (877) 889-5627). Deliveries (hand, express mail, messenger/courier service) are accepted during the Department's and the OSHA Docket Office's normal business hours, 8:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m., e.t., weekdays.

Requests for special accommodations to attend the FACOSH meeting: You may submit requests for special accommodations by telephone, email, or hard copy to Ms. Frances Owens, OSHA Office of Communications, Room N-3647, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 693-1999; email owens.frances@dol.gov.

Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and docket number for this Federal Register notice (Docket No. OSHA-2013-0013). Because of security-related procedures, submissions by regular mail may result in a significant delay in their receipt. Please contact the OSHA Docket Office for information about security procedures for making submissions by hand delivery, express delivery, and messenger/courier service. For additional information on submitting comments, requests to speak, and speaker presentations, see the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below.

OSHA will post comments, requests to speak, and speaker presentations, including any personal information provided, without change at http://www.regulations.gov. Therefore, OSHA cautions interested parties about submitting certain personal information, such as Social Security numbers and birthdates.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

For press inquiries: Mr. Frank Meilinger, Director, OSHA Office of Communications, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-3647, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 693-1999; email meilinger.francis2@dol.gov.

For general information: Mr. Francis Yebesi, Director, OSHA, Office of Federal Agency Programs, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-3622, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 693-2122; email ofap@dol.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

FACOSH Meeting

FACOSH will meet on June 6, 2013, in Washington, DC. Some FACOSH members may attend the meeting electronically. The meeting is open to the public.

The tentative agenda for the FACOSH meeting includes:

  • Updates from FACOSH subcommittees; and
  • OPM status report regarding changes to GS-0018 job series.

FACOSH is authorized by 5 U.S.C. 7902; section 19 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) (29 U.S.C. 668); and Executive Order 11612, as amended, to advise the Secretary of Labor (Secretary) on all matters relating to the occupational safety and health (OSH) of Federal employees. This includes providing advice on how to reduce and keep to a minimum the number of injuries and illnesses in the Federal workforce and how to encourage each Federal Executive Branch Department and agency to establish and maintain effective OSH programs.

OSHA transcribes and prepares detailed minutes of FACOSH meetings. The Agency puts transcripts, minutes, and other materials presented at the meeting in the public record of the FACOSH meeting, which is posted at http://www.regulations.gov.

Public Participation, Submissions, and Access to Public Record

FACOSH meetings: FACOSH meetings are open to the public. Individuals attending meetings at the U.S. Department of Labor must enter the building at the Visitors' Entrance, 3rd and C Streets NW., and pass through building security. Attendees must have valid government-issued photo identification to enter the building. For additional information about building security measures, and requests for special accommodations for attending the FACOSH meeting, please contact Ms. Owens (see ADDRESSES section).

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  • The amount of time you request to speak;
  • The interest you represent (e.g., organization name), if any; and,
  • A brief outline of your presentation.

PowerPoint speaker presentations and other electronic materials must be compatible with Microsoft Office 2010 formats. The FACOSH chair may grant requests to address FACOSH at his discretion and as time and circumstances permits.

Submission of written comments. You also may submit written comments, including data and other information, using any of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES section. Your submissions, including attachments and other materials, must identify the agency name and the OSHA docket number for this notice (Docket No. OSHA-2013-0013). You may supplement electronic submissions by uploading documents electronically. If you wish to submit hard copies of supplementary documents instead, you must submit them to the OSHA Docket Office using the instructions in the ADDRESSES section. The additional materials must clearly identify your electronic submission by name, date, and docket number. OSHA will provide copies of your submissions to FACOSH members prior to the meeting.

Because of security-related procedures, submitting comments, requests to speak, and speaker presentations by regular mail may cause a significant delay in their receipt. For information about security procedures concerning submissions by hand, express delivery, and messenger/courier service, please contact the OSHA Docket Office (see ADDRESSES section).

Access to submissions and public record. OSHA places comments, requests to speak, and speaker presentations, including any personal information you provide, in the FACOSH public docket without change and those documents may be available online at http://www.regulations.gov. Therefore, OSHA cautions interested parties about submitting certain personal information, such as Social Security numbers and birthdates.

OSHA also puts meeting transcripts, minutes, workgroup reports, and documents presented at the FACOSH meeting in the public record of the FACOSH meeting.

To read or download documents in the public record, go to Docket No. OSHA-2013-0013 at http://www.regulations.gov. Although all meeting documents are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index, some documents (e.g., copyrighted material) are not publicly available to read or download through that Web page. All meeting documents, including copyrighted material, are available for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office.

Information on using the http://www.regualtions.gov to make submissions and to access the public record of the FACOSH meeting is available at that Web page. Please contact the OSHA Docket Office for information about materials not available through that Web page and for assistance for making submissions and obtaining documents in the public record.

Electronic copies of this Federal Register notice are available at http://www.regulations.gov. This notice, as well as news releases and other relevant information about FACOSH, also is available at OSHA's Web page at http://www.osha.gov.

FACOSH Appointments

FACOSH membership is comprised of sixteen members; eight representing Federal agency management, and eight from labor organizations that represent Federal employees. Management members are typically their agency's Designated Agency Safety and Health Official. Labor members generally have responsibility for OSH-related matters within their organizations. In order to maintain the continuity of FACOSH, OSHA appoints members to staggered terms lasting up to three years. If a member becomes unable to serve, resigns, or is removed before his or her term expires, the Secretary may appoint a new member who represents the same interest (management or labor) to serve the remainder of the unexpired term. In making appointments, the Secretary may consider qualified individuals nominated in response to the Federal Register notice, as well as other qualified individuals. The Secretary may reappoint members to successive terms.

OSHA published a request for FACOSH nominations in the Federal Register (77 FR 39743 (7/5/2012)). OSHA received 16 nominations. On February 11, 2013, the Acting Secretary re-appointed the following three individuals to FACOSH:

  • Mr. Curtis Bowling, U.S. Department of Defense (management representative);
  • Mr. William Dougan, National Federation of Federal Employees (labor representative); and
  • Ms. Deborah Kleinberg, Seafarers International Union/National Maritime Union (labor representative).

In addition, the Acting Secretary appointed the following four individuals to new terms on FACOSH:

  • Dr. Joe Hoagland, Tennessee Valley Authority (management representative);
  • Dr. Gregory Parham, U.S. Department of Agriculture (management representative);
  • Ms. Lola Ward, National Transportation Safety Board (management representative); and
  • Ms. Irma Westmoreland, National Nurses United (labor representative).

All seven individuals have been appointed to serve three-year terms commencing on the date of appointment, and ending on December 31, 2015.

Authority and Signature

David Michaels, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, directed the preparation of this notice under the authority granted by section 19 of the OSH Act (29 U.S.C. 668); 5 U.S.C. 7902; the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (5 U.S.C. App. 2); 41 CFR Part 102-3; section 1-5 of Executive Order 12196 (45 CFR 12629 (2/27/1980)); and Secretary of Labor's Order No. 1-2012 (77 FR 3912 (1/25/2012)).

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Signed at Washington, DC, on May 17, 2013.

David Michaels,

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.

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[FR Doc. 2013-12217 Filed 5-21-13; 8:45 am]

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