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OSHA News Release: 10-1356-NAT
Oct. 14, 2010
Contact: Jason Surbey    Diana Petterson
Phone: 202-693-4668    202-693-1898
E-mail: surbey.jason@dol.gov    petterson.diana@dol.gov

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis to establish charter on
construction safety and health advisory committee

WASHINGTON - Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis will re-establish the charter of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health. 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," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Dr. David Michaels. "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."

Established in 1969 as a continuing advisory committee under the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act, commonly known as the Construction Safety Act, ACCSH is comprised of 15 members appointed by the secretary. The advisory committee consists of five representatives of employers in the construction industry, five representatives who present the viewpoint of employees in the construction industry who are generally from various building trades unions, two public representatives, two representatives of state safety and health agencies and one from the National Institute of Occupational Health. The members generally serve staggered two-year terms and may be reappointed.

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