The Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health (FACOSH) – the group that advises the Secretary of Labor on all matters relating to the occupational safety and health of federal employees – will meet on Sept. 8, 2016, in Washington, D.C.

FACOSH provides advice on how to reduce 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.

The agenda for the meeting includes updates on:

  • Federal agencies' efforts on improving workplace safety and health and return-to-work outcomes for federal workers who suffer on-the-job injuries/illnesses;
  • FACOSH subcommittee's review of the status of Federal Field Safety and Health Councils;
  • U.S. Department of Labor's 2015 data collection of federal agency injuries and illnesses;
  • Agency activities to protect workers from the Zika virus;
  • U.S. Department of Defense's implementation of a Safety and Health Management System;
  • Status of OSHA's Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines; and
  • Developing training guidelines for senior federal agency management on occupational safety and health issues.

The committee will meet from 1 - 4 p.m. in Room N-3437, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20210. The meeting is open to the public.

Comments and requests to speak may be sent electronically to, the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Additionally, submissions may be mailed or faxed; see the Federal Register notice for details. Submissions of comments and requests to speak, and requests for special accommodation are due Sept. 1, 2016.