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OSHA to hold meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced it will hold a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) December 13-16, 2011, and is currently accepting nominations for individuals to serve on the committee.

The ACCSH will use the meeting to gather information needed to advise the Secretary of Labor on standards in the construction industry and other policies. At the meeting, ACCSH will hear an update from the Directorate of Construction on OSHA's outreach efforts, issues with enforcement, and rulemaking projects. The agenda also provides time for updates on programs from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

ACCSH members will also consider and make recommendations on the proposed rule to update standards on head protection for construction work.

According to OSHA's Personal Protective Equipment publication, hard hats can protect employees from impact and penetration hazards. Employers are required to supply hard hats to their employees if the risk of falling objects is present, if fixed objects are head-level, or there is a possibility for accidental contact with electrical hazards.