National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH)

Definition - What does National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) mean?

The National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) is an advisory committee of the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

NACOSH is responsible for providing the Secretary of Labor and the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) with advice and consultation. The committee’s duties include providing input on workplace safety issues, providing feedback on existing OSHA and HHS initiatives, and providing new ideas for reducing workplace injury, illness, and death.

The committee is composed of 12 individuals who are selected on the basis of their knowledge and experience in occupational safety and health. Persons on the committee serve for two-year terms.

Safeopedia explains National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH)

NACOSH was established under Section 7(A) of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act of 1970 and operates in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).

The committee’s duties are solely advisory and consultative. The NACOSH advisory committee is mandated to advise on all areas related to the general administration of the OSH Act. The twelve member committee is composed 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. Two of the public members and both of the health representatives are chosen by the Secretary of Health and Human services, although all appointments are officially made by the Secretary of Labor.

The committee meets two to four times a year, and positions on the committee are unpaid. OSHA may also establish subcommittees and working groups for the purpose of providing advice and recommendations to the full NACOSH committee. One such group is the OSH Professionals Pipeline Working Group. All advice and recommendations made by the committee are submitted to the secretaries of labor and HHS through OSHA.
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