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DOL/OSHA RIN: 1218-AD33 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: ●Revision of 29 CFR 1912, Advisory Committee Standards 

The Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH) was initially formed in 1995 as a discretionary committee of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) to advise, consult with, and make recommendations to the Secretary of Labor on matters relating to the maritime industry.  On December 20, 2019, the President signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2020, Pub. L. 116-92, which contained provisions that amended the OSH Act (29 U.S.C. 656).  Specifically, a new section 7(d) requires that a Maritime Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health provide advice to the Secretary in formulating maritime industry standards and regarding matters pertaining to the administration of the OSH Act related to the maritime industry.  The addition of section 7(d) to the OSH Act changes the characterization of MACOSH from a committee that is authorized by statute, to one that is required, making it non-discretionary.  As such, it is necessary to amend the regulations affecting OSHA advisory committees (29 CFR part 1912), which this Direct Final Rule (DFR) accomplishes.

Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Info./Admin./Other 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Regulatory 
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1912   
Legal Authority: National Defense Authorization Act (Pub. L. 116-92, December 20, 2019)   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory  OSHA is amending 29 CFR part 1912. This action is necessary to ensure consistency of OSHA regulations with changes made to the OSH Act  05/31/2020 
Action Date FR Cite
Direct Final Rule  06/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Amy Wangdahl
Director, Office of Maritime and Agriculture
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
200 Constitution Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-1870