The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the federal agency that monitors and enforces workplace safety in the United States, announced on February 4 that it had appointed 15 individuals to serve as members of the Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH). MACOSH is a commission that advises the agency on issues related to maritime safety.
The committee is divided into four groups of people, with each group representing a particular segment of the maritime industry. The divisions include management, labor, the health and safety professions and government. An additional appointee was chosen by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
Members of MACOSH will provide guidance to OSHA in determining new safety guidelines and requirements for employers who operate in the maritime industry, such as commercial fishermen, shipbuilders and shipping companies. David Michaels, the Assistant Secretary of Labor and director of OSHA, will occasionally seek their assistance in approving new rules for how workers in the industry should be trained and protected on the job.
Maritime jobs can be particularly dangerous, given how some operations will require crews to operate in extreme weather and sea conditions. As such, it is important for the agency to place particular focus on ensuring the safety of all professionals in the industry.
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