The U.S. Government’s Role in Safety – Part 4

The U.S. government signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act into law in 1970.  Great strides have been made in workplace safety since then.  Today’s post is the fourth in a four part series on the U.S. government and it’s role in workplace safety.

NACOSH

The National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health is a 12-person advisory committee established under the OSH Act of 1970.  The members “are chosen on the basis of their knowledge and experience in occupational safety and health.” (National Advisory, n.d.)  The committee has a very specific breakdown for its membership.  This gives the committee cross-functional viewpoints for debate.  The committee is designated to consist of “two members representing management, two members representing labor, two members representing the occupational health professions, two members representing the occupational safety professions, and four members representing the public.” (National Advisory, n.d.)  Appointments to the committee are made by the Secretary of Labor and the terms of appointment are for two years.  The Secretary of Health and Human Services designates the two health representatives and two of the public members for the Secretary of Labor’s approval (National Advisory, n.d.)

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The purpose of NACOSH is to advise, consult with, and make recommendations to the Secretary of Labor and the Secretary of Health and Human Services.  Their support is on matters relating to the administration of the OSH Act of 1970.  They give advice and recommendations on Agency priorities such as “strong, fair and effective enforcement, regulatory matters, and other activities to help reduce work-related deaths, injuries and illnesses.” (U.S. Department, 2012)  They do not write policies, they only consult and advise.  The members are not compensated for their efforts.

Click this link https://www.osha.gov/dop/nacosh/nacosh.html and scroll to the bottom of the page to see the representative list.

National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health. (n.d.). Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Retrieved from https://www.osha.gov/dop/nacosh/nacosh.html

U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration Advisory Committee Charter National Advisory Committee on Safety and Health. (2012, October 15). Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Retrieved from https://www.osha.gov/dop/nacosh/charter.html

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