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Committee NameMaritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and HealthAgency NameDepartment of Labor
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number1976
Original Establishment Date12/15/1995Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*15
Current Charter Date12/14/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Director, Office of Maritime and Agriculture
Date Of Renewal Charter12/14/2020Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Amy
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Wangdahl
Establishment Authority*Authorized by LawDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*29 USC 656 (Sect 7(b) of OSH Act)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 693-2066
Effective Date Of Authority*12/29/1970Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 693-1663
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*MACOSH provides advice to OSHA on a variety of subjects, including the development of guidance and outreach materials tailored to individual sectors of the industry, rulemaking to update regulatory requirements, and other activities that help focus attention in areas where the reduction of work-related injuries, illnesses, and fatalities are necessary. The Committee also provides advice in areas where the agency determines it is necessary to address the specific needs of the industry. This advice helps the agency by providing substantive input on conditions in the maritime industry, ideas that could be implemented to reduce maritime injuries and illnesses, and feedback on agency initiatives affecting the maritime industry. Agendas are set by OSHA staff based on committee tasks. MACOSH is organized into two subcommittees (workgroups) that include the Longshoring and Shipyard Workgroups. The Longshoring Workgroup address hazards associated with container shipping, cargo handling, and marine terminal operations, while the Shipyard Workgroup focus on hazards in ship construction, repair, dismantling facilities, and commercial fishing operations. The Committee Chair, with OSHA's approval, may establish any number of subcommittees for the purpose of assisting MACOSH to carry out its functions. MACOSH members may serve on any of the Committee workgroups at any time and one member of each workgroup is generally appointed to serve as the Workgroup Chair. These practices ensure that workgroups are balanced and proportionate to that of MACOSH itself. All MACOSH meeting materials, including workgroup meeting submissions for full-committee consideration, can be found at under docket OSHA-2017-0004.
How is membership balanced?*MACOSH has a total of 16 members that are appointed by the Secretary. However, only 15 representatives are voting members comprised of at least one designee of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, at least one representative of a state safety and health agency, and equal numbers of qualified representatives of workers and employers. Remaining slots are filled with representatives from occupational safety and health professions and federal government agencies. At present, the committee consists of four management representatives; four labor representatives; three representatives of occupational safety and health professions; and four government representatives, one of which is from a state safety and health agency, and another designated by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. A Special Agency Liaison (SAL), who is head of the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, is assigned to the Committee as a non-voting member. The SAL is selected because of that office's work in upholding the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA), which protects most waterfront workers. Members are selected from a cross-section of parties directly affected, interested, and qualified as appropriate to the Committee charter and functions of MACOSH. To the extent permitted by law, MACOSH membership is also consistent with achieving the greatest impact, scope, and credibility among diverse stakeholders. The selection process to fill vacancies employs a multi-faceted approach to inform the general public, as well as the Department's workforce, regarding vacancies on MACOSH, and the time frame and requirements for submitting nominations. OSHA submits a public notice announcing the number of vacancies and the requirements for submitting nominations. To promote widespread notification of these vacancies, OSHA works with other government agencies and diverse stakeholder groups throughout the country to include professional organizations, industry professionals, and past members of the Committee. OSHA's outreach includes notification to those who have historically had limited awareness of and participation in the Committee and its activities, but whose interests may be implicated or affected by the work and/or recommendations of the Committee. The current membership will expire April 11, 2021, which the agency will solicit and select new membership in accordance with applicable FACA and other federal regulations to provide for a committee that is diverse and balanced, both in terms of segments of the maritime industry represented, and in the views or interests represented by its members.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The current Committee charter allows for up to two meetings per year. One in-person meeting was held June 5-6, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Additionally, each workgroup held monthly conference calls in July, August, and September of FY19. It is anticipated that the Committee will meet two times in FY20. Since the initial charter, the Committee has made 146 recommendations to OSHA for the development of guidance and regulations in order to reduce the number of injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in the maritime industry. MACOSH meetings are relevant because they provide the forum in which recommendations are discussed, finalized, and presented to OSHA by the Committee. The in-person collaboration of industry experts has directly resulted in OSHA publishing 12 guidance documents between 2013 - 2018, targeting high-hazard occupations in the maritime industry. OSHA has produced, or plans to produce, no less than 90% of the current Committee's recommendations for guidance.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Committee is necessary because it provides a collective expertise, not otherwise available, to the Secretary to assist in addressing the unique hazards found in shipyards, marine cargo handling, and commercial fishing activities. The maritime industry is highly specialized, with activities ranging from manufacturing-type work in some shipyards, to transportation-type work in longshoring operations. Historically, the maritime industry has experienced a high incidence rate for work-related fatalities, injuries, and illnesses among the workforce. In an effort to help reduce the amount of fatalities, injuries, and illnesses, the agency seeks advice from the Committee to provide insight on a variety of subjects, as well as assist in the development of guidance and outreach materials, updating of regulatory requirements, and other efforts to help focus industry actions.
Why close or partially close meetings?All Committee meetings are open to the public and public participation is highly encouraged.
Recommendation RemarksAll meeting materials, including workgroup meeting submissions for MACOSH consideration, can be found at under docket OSHA-2017-0004. The Shipyard and Longshoring Workgroups generally meet in person the day prior to MACOSH meetings to discuss suggested actions for OSHA and review draft documents. This gives industry experts a face-to-face forum to collaborate on safety issues affecting their respective industries prior to recommending them to the full Committee for OSHA consideration.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentThe Agency has developed new guidance products based on MACOSH recommendations.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNot ApplicableNumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentThe costs associated with outreach in guidance development is unable to be determined, based on agency reporting.Grants Review CommentNot Applicable
Number Of Recommendations*146Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentMACOSH has existed since 1995. Over the past 24 years the committee produces approximately 12 recommendations per two-year term (6 recommendations per year).Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*90.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentMACOSH is chartered for a two-year term. The most recent charter calls for the Committee to meet up to two times per year. Some committee recommendations bridge multiple charters before they are presented to the agency as a formal recommendation. Therefore, it is not possible to determine an exact number of committee recommendations. Each recommendation is studied and evaluated to understand its strengths and weaknesses before a decision of full implementation, partial implementation, or no implementation is made. While it is difficult to put precise metrics on adoption of these recommendations, OSHA believes that each recommendation, whether it is implemented or not, improves the program for which the recommendation relates.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*10.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentOSHA adopts recommendations of the Committee and utilizes them in various ways including the creation of guidance documents, policy updates, and initiating regulatory actions. While all efforts are made to produce products inclusive of recommendations in their entirety, some formats do not allow nor require the full scope of the recommendation to be included. In such cases, OSHA utilizes as much feedback from the Committee as possible in developing guidance relevant to the goal of the project.Access OtherYes
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentAdditional committee documentation is available at under Docket OSHA-2017-0004.
Agency Feedback CommentOSHA provides the Committee with an update on the progress of each previous recommendation during the committee meetings.Narrative Description*The Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH) has been in existence since 1995. The maritime industry has historically experienced a high incidence of work-related fatalities, injuries, and illnesses in its workforce. MACOSH provides advice on a broad range of occupational safety and health subjects including enforcement, compliance assistance, guidance and outreach, voluntary programs, the national dialogue on occupational safety and health, and regulatory matters affecting the maritime industry. For example, during 2015 - 2017, MACOSH recommended the publication of fifteen guidance products, including the translation of two documents targeting high-hazard occupations in the maritime domain. The Agency published twelve of those recommendations and is working to finalize one other on temporary worker training in shipyards. Industry feedback reports that OSHA's publication of MACOSH-recommended products greatly assists employers and workers in reducing and preventing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in the maritime industry. In addition, MACOSH continues to provide valuable input with regards to rulemaking, such as the potential revision or update of 29 CFR Part 1915, Subpart E.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$21,890.23Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$49,153.85
Payments to Federal Staff*$116,911.02Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$118,914.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$16,752.43Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$33,504.86
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$1,148.59Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$2,297.18
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$1,300.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$1,364.20Est. Other Costs Next FY*$3,745.11
Total Costs$158,066.47Est. Total Next FY*$208,915.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.00Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*1.00
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-001561Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health2017
 COM-002876Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health2016
 COM-003648Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health2015
 COM-004955Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health2014
 COM-005814Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health2013
 COM-007124Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health2012
 COM-007818Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health2011
 COM-009129Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health2010
 COM-009875Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health2009
 COM-011150Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health2008
 COM-011938Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health2007
 COM-012865Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health2006
 COM-013753Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health2005
 COM-014696Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health2004
 COM-015513Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health2003
 COM-016889Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health2002
 COM-017497Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health2001
 COM-018673Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health2000
 COM-019612Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health1999
 COM-020529Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health1998
 COM-021493Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health1997
 COM-032706Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health2018