ACCSH MSD Workgroup recommendations including referring the MSD matter back to OSHA.
eLCOSH Editor's note:
The OSHA Advisory Committee for Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) was authorized in the
1969 Construction Safety Act (US Code Title 40§3704, to advise OSHA on matters related
to construction safety and health. It consists of five public representatives (one is normally
from a State OSHA program, one from NIOSH, etc.), five labor representatives (normally from
various Building Trades Unions) and five management representatives (primarily from contractor
trade associations). The ACCSH often sets up work groups, which are open to the public, to
draft positions on various topics or issues. These positions are then often voted on by the
full ACCSH and those recommendations referred to OSHA for their consideration. These work products
represent a lot of effort and thought by many individuals. They are posted here to make that
work more easily accessible. This historical archive many serve as a resource to future regulators
and safety advocates, so they don’t have to start from scratch. OSHA has removed some
of these documents from their website which makes access difficult.
- That the full ACCSH vote to refer the MSD matter back to OSHA.
- That OSHA use formal administrative procedures available to the agency to consider a construction MSD standard.
- That the workgroup forward the documentation it has developed to date to OSHA for their use.
- That OSHA, perhaps in conjunction with NOSH, conduct demonstration programs to determine if the workgroup draft has practical applicability in the construction industry, is cost effective, and has an effect on reducing MSD in the construction industry.
- That the MSD in Construction workgroup be put on hold at this time, but be available for advice and council in the event that OSHA wishes to continue in the development of a standard or conduct demonstration program.
OSHA Advisory Committee for Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH)