November 16, 2023

NIOSH, EPA Seek Nominees for World Trade Center, TSCA Advisory Committees

NIOSH and EPA are requesting nominations for candidates with expertise in industrial hygiene and related disciplines for positions on two advisory committees.

NIOSH’s World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program, which provides medical monitoring and treatment for responders to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, seeks potential members for its Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee (STAC). The program is looking for nominees who are industrial hygienists or occupational physicians with expertise in treating WTC rescue and recovery workers, as well as survivor representatives, mental health professionals, physicians with expertise in pulmonary medicine, and representatives of WTC responders. Members of the WTC Health Program STAC provide recommendations to NIOSH, the program’s administrator, on research, changes and additions to the list of certified WTC-related health conditions, and eligibility criteria for the program. Members are appointed to the STAC for up to four years, and qualified individuals have until Nov. 20 to nominate either themselves or others. More information on STAC member qualifications and instructions for submitting nominations are available on NIOSH’s website.

EPA is accepting nominations for the Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC) established under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The SACC provides independent advice to the EPA administrator on risk assessments, methodologies, and approaches related to TSCA. As the terms for eight of the SACC’s 18 current members will expire over the next year, EPA will assign up to eight new appointments or a mix of new appointments and reappointments by mid-2024. Candidates must demonstrate competence, knowledge, and expertise in scientific and technical fields related to chemical safety and risk assessment, such as occupational exposure or industrial hygiene, exposure assessment, toxicology, or epidemiology. The agency also requests nominees with backgrounds and experiences that “would contribute to the diversity of scientific viewpoints on the committee” in areas such as public health, labor, and industry. Nominations are due by Dec. 11. EPA’s website provides further details on qualifications and instructions for submitting nominations.