The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) invites the public to participate in its final two informal stakeholder meetings on Occupational Exposure to Ionizing Radiation in a Federal Register Notice published March 30. These planned meetings continue OSHA's information collection efforts and will add to the information obtained under the Request for Information published on May 5, 2005.

"These meetings are an exceptional opportunity for us to hear from stakeholders and exchange data, share ideas and varying points of view on how to work safely with sources of ionizing radiation," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, Edwin G. Foulke Jr.

The next stakeholder meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on April 19 at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare Hotel, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, Ill., 60018. This meeting will cover accelerator operations.

The final meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 26 at the Department of Labor, Frances Perkins Building, 200 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C., 20210. The meeting will cover the uses of ionizing radiation for security activities.

OSHA requests the public be prepared to discuss the following issues regarding occupational exposure to ionizing radiation in their industry/occupation: uses of ionizing radiation, controls utilized to minimize exposure and available exposure data and training.

Those who wish to participate in a stakeholder meeting must notify OSHA by e-mail at navas.liset@dol.gov, fax at 202-693-1678, or by mail to Liset Navas, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N3718, 200 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C., 20210 no later than April 11.