OSHA's Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health met in November, highlighting current safety and health trends in the construction industry and recent OSHA initiatives, including OSHA's ongoing fall prevention campaign.
In conjunction with the full committee meeting, ACCSH workgroups met Nov. 27-28 to discuss Health Hazards, Emerging Issues, Prevention through Design, Diversity/Multilingual/Women in Construction, Training and Outreach, Injury and Illness Prevention Programs, and Backing Operations. OSHA's Director of Construction Jim Maddux also provided an update to committee members on current regulatory initiatives.
The National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health also met in November. The committee meets twice annually to advise the secretaries of labor and health and human services on worker safety. During the two-day meeting, the committee's Effectiveness Measures Work Group furnished recommendations on measuring the efficacy of OSHA strategies, programs and actions and sent a report to the full committee membership.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Jordan Barab spoke on the meeting's second day, including agency initiatives and a new project with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services agreement intended to enhance patient and worker safety.