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OSHA Seeks Input from Stakeholders on Diacetyl and Food Flavorings Containing Diacetyl
Date:9/26/2007

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a Federal Register notice (http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=FEDERAL_REGI STER&p_id=19934) published today, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is inviting the public to participate in its informal stakeholder meeting on Occupational Exposure to Diacetyl and Food Flavorings Containing Diacetyl.

"This meeting will provide another opportunity for the agency to collect additional information from all interested stakeholders on how to protect the health of employees exposed to diacetyl and food flavorings containing diacetyl," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.

The stakeholder meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 17, 2007, at the Crowne Plaza Washington National Airport Hotel, 1480 Crystal Drive, Arlington, Va., 22202. If more than 50 stakeholders register for the meeting, there will be a second meeting held Oct. 18 at the same location.

OSHA requests the public be prepared to discuss issues regarding occupational exposure to diacetyl and food flavorings containing diacetyl in their industry/job function including uses of the chemical; approaches used to assess exposure; available exposure data; controls utilized to minimize exposure including substitutes for diacetyl; and medical screening and surveillance.

Those who wish to participate in the stakeholder meeting must submit a notice of intention to attend to Eastern Research Group Inc. by e-mail at meetings@erg.com (subject line: Diacetyl Meeting), fax at (781) 674-2906, by mail to Laurie Stamatatos, Eastern Research Group Inc., 110 Hartwell Ave., Lexington, Mass., 02421-3136, or contact Eastern Research Group Inc. at (781) 674-7374 no later than Oct. 10, 2007. When submitting your notice, please include your full name, affiliation, address, telephone, and e-mail address. Also incorporate whether you wish to be an active participant or observer; and whether you need special accommodations in order to attend or participate in the stakeholder meeting. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required.

This document, non-attributed notes from the stakeholder meeting, as well as news releases and other relevant information, will also be available on OSHA's Web site at http://www.osha.gov. For further information, contact Michael Seymour, Director, Office of Physical Hazards, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, OSHA, Room N-3718, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C., 20210; telephone (202) 693-1950.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.


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