OSHA may develop a proposed standard for emergency response and preparedness.

OSHA Sets Stakeholder Meeting on Emergency Response

The July 30 meeting in Washington, D.C., is called to gather information as the agency considers developing a standard about responders' safety following the West, Texas, explosion.

OSHA has scheduled an informal stakeholder meeting to gather information as it considers developing a proposed standard for emergency response and preparedness. The meeting will be held July 30 in Washington, D.C. It will not include formal presentations and will be conducted as a group discussion.

The agency's release noted that OSHA issued a Request for Information on Sept, 11, 2007, that sought public comments about what actions, if any, OSHA should take to further address emergency response and preparedness. "Recent events, including the West, Texas, explosion that killed several emergency responders, and additional information gathered in response to the RFI show that responder health and safety continues to be an area of ongoing concern," it stated.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the U.S. Department of Labor's headquarters, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, and a second session will be held July 31 if necessary. Anyone interested in attending can register at http://ersregistration.pec1.net/; the registration deadline is July 2.

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