U.S. Department of Labor Schedules Meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health

U.S. Department of Labor Schedules Meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health

NACOSH Heat Injury and Illness Work Group will hold the initial meeting on February 25.

The U.S. Department of Labor will hold a meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) on February 22, 2022. In conjunction with the committee meeting, the NACOSH Heat Injury and Illness Prevention Work Group will hold its first meeting on February 25, 2022. Both meetings are open to the public and will be held via teleconference and WebEx. Read the Federal Register notice  for more information.

According to a press release, the tentative agenda for the NACOSH meeting will include agency updates from OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health as well as discussions on OSHA's efforts regarding heat injury and illness prevention and risk-based safety.

Comments and requests to speak at the NACOSH meeting must be submitted here, the Federal eRulemaking Portal and refer to Docket No. OSHA-2022-0002. All comments must be submitted by February 15, 2022.

The NACOSH Heat Injury and Illness Prevention Work Group was established to provide recommendations on the agency's heat injury and illness prevention guidance and rulemaking activities. Work Group members include labor or management representatives from various industries, including construction, agriculture and manufacturing, as well as representatives from NACOSH, an OSHA State Plan and a public health expert. Work Group members have extensive knowledge and experience in identifying factors that cause heat injury and illness hazards in the workplace, in addition to best practices and interventions for mitigating occupational heat injury and illness. A full list of Work Group members is available here.

The Work Group will provide recommendations regarding OSHA's heat illness prevention guidance materials and evaluate stakeholder input to develop recommendations on potential elements of a proposed heat injury and illness prevention standard.

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