Tomorrow’s meeting â€” “OSHA listens” â€” an exercise in Obama administration open, “transparent” government to be held at the Department of Labor building in Washington has attracted an all-star lineup of job safety and health experts.
Between 9 a.m. and 5:50 p.m. 46 speakers will address OSHA chief David Michaels and his chief of staff, Deborah Berkowitz.
The meeting begins on a somber note, with remarks from three family members whose relatives died on the job.
The following business organizations will make presentations: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers, National Federation of Independent Businesses, Institute of Makers of Explosives, Construction Safety Council, Associated General Contractors and the National Home Builders Association.
Organized labor will be represented by Workers United, AFL-CIO, Laborers’ Health and Safety, United Steel Workers, New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, Center to Protect Workers’ Rights, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Unite Here! International, Association of Flight Attendants, and the International Chemical Workers Union.
Profession association will be presented by the American Society of Safety Engineers, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the National Hearing Conservation Association, the Voluntary Protective Program Participants Association, and the American Public Health Association, among others.
Speakers will have approximately 10 minutes to make their presentations. The text of all presentations and related documents will be make available to the public 30 days after the close of the comment period.
A live webcast of the day’s testimonies will be streamed on the OSHA web site.