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April 17, 2012
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meetingOSHA's Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health (FACOSH) will be welcoming new members and taking up several key issues at its May 3rd meeting in Washington, D.C.

The tentative agenda includes a review of revised recommendations on permissible exposure limits from the FACOSH Emerging Issues – Permissible Exposure Limits Work Group, proposed changes to the Federal Agency Recordkeeping rule, and H1N1 recommendations the Secretary of Labor recently approved.

Seven new members appointed by the Secretary to three-year terms will be recognized during the meeting. FACOSH is comprised of 16 members: eight representing federal agency management and eight from labor organizations representing federal employees.

The new federal employee representatives will be: Gregory Junemann, International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers; and Milagro Rodriguez, American Federation of Government Employees.

New representatives on the magement side are: Catherine V. Emerson, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Rhea S. Suh, U.S. Department of the Interior; and Richard S. Williams, National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

The Secretary also appointed Dennis Bushta, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to complete the unexpired term of a federal agency management representative who was no longer able to serve.

FACOSH advises the Secretary of Labor on all matters relating to the occupational safety and health 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 occupational safety and health programs.

FACOSH will meet from 1– 4:30 p.m. in Room N-4437 A-D, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20210.

The meeting is open to the public. Those interested in submitting comments or requests to speak can do so electronically at www.regulations.gov, the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Comments and requests to speak may also be submitted by mail or facsimile. See the Federal Register notice for details at federalregister.gov/a/2012-8872. Comments and requests to speak must be submitted by April 23, 2012.

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