OSHA’s newly-named construction safety committee to meet in July

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Updated Jun 27, 2019

a group of construction safety workers

OSHA has announced both incoming members and the initial meeting of its Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health.

The committee advises the Secretary of Labor and Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health in forming standards affecting the construction industry, and on policy matters surrounding the Construction Safety Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. The Assistant Secretary is required to consult with the committee before the agency proposes standard affecting construction.

Items under considering during the committee’s first meeting include:

  • Adding a reference to the definition of “confined space” that applies to welding activities in construction
  • Clarifying the requirements for the fit of personal protective equipment in construction.

The 15-member committee, which will have its first meeting July 17-18, includes:

Employee Representatives

  • Palmer L. Hickman, Electrical Training Alliance
  • Randall A. Krocka, Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust
  • Mark S. Mullins, Elevator Industry Work Preservation Fund
  • Richard Tessier, United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers, and Allied Workers Representative Research and Education Joint Trust
  • Christina Trahan Cain, North America’s Building Trades Unions

Employer Representatives

  • Kevin Cannon, Associated General Contractors of America (ACCSH Chair)
  • Fravel Combs, M.A. Mortenson Company
  • Cindy DePrater, Turner Construction Company
  • Greg Sizemore, Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Wesley L. Wheeler, National Electrical Contractors Association

Public Representatives

  • Christopher Fought, General Motors
  • R. Ronald Sokol, Safety Council of Texas City

State Representatives

  • Christopher Mabry, North Carolina Department of Labor
  • Charles Stribling, Kentucky Labor Cabinet Department of Workplace Standards

Federal Representative

  • Dr. G. Scott Earnest, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.