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OSHA to hold meeting of the Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold a meeting of the Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health (FACOSH) on May 3, 2012, in Washington, D.C.

The meeting is being held to review revised recommendations on permissible exposure limits (PELs) from the FACOSH Emerging Issues - Permissible Exposure Limits Work Group, potential changes to the Federal Agency Recordkeeping rule, and recently approved H1N1 recommendations.

FACOSH advises the Secretary of Labor on all occupational safety and health matters, including ways to reduce the number of injuries and illnesses in the federal workforce. FACOSH also gives advice on how federal executive branch departments can develop, implement, and maintain strong occupational safety and health programs.

PELs are limits set by OSHA to regulate the amount or concentration of a substance in the air that could cause illness and may be hazardous to worker's health. These limits protect workers from respiratory exposure to hazardous substances and may also contain a skin designation. Provide all workers with OSHA-required safety products, such as respiratory protection and protective clothing to help prevent exposure to hazardous substances in the air.