Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health Accepting Nominations for New Membership

OSHA accepting nominations for those interested in representing employees, employers, the public and state safety and health agency; deadline for nominations is January 2, 2015

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is accepting nominations for eight new members to serve on the 15-member Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health. Nominations will be accepted from those interested in representing employee (3), employer (3), public (1) and state safety and health agency (1) groups. Nominations may be submitted at, the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Submissions may also be sent by mail or facsimile. See the Federal Register notice for details. The deadline for submissions is January 2, 2015.

Six members were recently appointed by Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez to serve two-year terms.

Two members represent the employer:
• Cindy DePrater, vice president and director, Environmental Health and Safety, Turner Construction Co. (new appointee)
• Donald L. Pratt, president and CEO, Construction Education and Consultation Services of Michigan

Two members represent the employee:
• Palmer L. Hickam, director, Safety Code Training and Curriculum Development, National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (new appointee)
• Roger Erickson, trainer, Mobilization, Optimization, Stabilization and Training, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers, AFL-CIO

One member represents the public:
• Jeremy Bethancourt, co-owner and program director, Arizona Construction Training Alliance

One member represents the State safety and health agency:
• Steven D. Hawkins, administrator, Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration

In addition, OSHA will hold a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health December 3-4, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Workgroups will meet December 3 and the full committee will meet December 4.

The agenda includes remarks from Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, updates on Directorate of Construction rulemakings and issues, including the communications tower initiative, recommendations on proposed rules on New Quantitative Fit Testing Protocol: Amendment to the Final Rule on Respiratory Protection, Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain Accurate Records of Each Recordable Injury and Illness and Removal of Coke Oven Emissions Construction Standard in Standards Improvement Project – IV, and a presentation on 29 CFR part 1926, Subpart V, Power Transmission and Distribution.

Workgroup meetings will be held concurrently from 1- 3 p.m. ET, December 3 in Room N-4437 A-C at the U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20210. The full committee will meet from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., December 4 in Room N-4437 A-C. The meetings are open to the public. Comments and requests to speak may be submitted electronically at, the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal, by mail or facsimile. See the Federal Register notice for details. Comments and requests to speak must be submitted by November 12, 2014.