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National News Release: 11-413-NAT
April 5, 2011
Contact: Diana Petterson      Jesse Lawder
Phone: 202-693-1898      202-693-4659
E-mail: petterson.diana@dol.gov      lawder.jesse@dol.gov

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announces appointment of 15 new members
to Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health
First meeting to be held April 19-20, open to public

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today announced the appointment of 15 new members to the Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, which will hold an open meeting on April 19 and 20 at the U.S. Department of Labor's headquarters in Washington.

Secretary Solis re-established the MACOSH charter in January, and this will be the committee's first meeting. Experts in maritime safety and health, the committee members will serve two-year terms and represent the interests of management, labor, the occupational safety and health professions and government. The meeting will be held at 200 Constitution Ave. NW, Room N-3437 A, B, C; Washington, D.C. 20210, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT.

A notice about the meeting as well as the new members is in today's Federal Register, which may be viewed at http://s.dol.gov/DY.

"The MACOSH committee can now proceed with its important work to advise OSHA in protecting the safety and health of workers in the maritime industry," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Dr. David Michaels. "MACOSH meetings provide the public with an opportunity to participate in committee activities on issues related to the safety and health of shipyard, longshoring and marine terminal workers."

The maritime industry has been selected for special attention due to high injury and illness rates and the specialized nature of some occupations. On behalf of Secretary Solis,