News Release
Thursday, August 13, 1998
Contact: Jeff Ezell (202) 219-8151


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today announced the reappointment of all members to the 15-person Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH).

The commitee advises OSHA on issues and concerns involving the maritime industry, focusing specifically on shipyard and marine cargo-handling areas. Committee members represent diverse maritime interests, including government, shipbuilding, longshoring, labor and professional organizations.

"The committee, with its vast amount of expertise, will be a valuable resource in helping the agency address the often complicated and sensitive issues surrounding maritime industries," said OSHA Administrator Charles N. Jeffress.

Focusing on more effective enforcement strategies, improving training and outreach programs, and streamlining rulemaking techniques, MACOSH will help make the U.S. shipyard industry competitive globally, while ensuring the safety of its workers.

Employee Representatives:

Al Cernadas, International Longshoreman's Association
Michael Flynn, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
Douglas Getchell, International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 12
William "Chico" McGill, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 733
Robert M. Scott, Shipwrights, Local 1184

Employer Representatives:

Katherine R. Chumley, Atlantic Marine, Inc.
John Faulk, Stevedoring Services of America
Chester Matthews, Bath Iron Works
Steve Morris, American Commercial Marine Service
Capt. John McNeill, Marine Terminals Corp.

Government, Public and Professional Organizations:

Iona Evans, U.S. Department of Navy, Naval Sea Systems Command
Lt. Julie Gahn, U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Operating and Environmental Standards
Laurence Reed, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Peter Schmidt, Washington State Department of Labor and Industry
James Thornton, American Industrial Hygiene Association

Notice of these appointments was posted in the Federal Register on Aug. 13, 1998.