The meeting was opened by Mr. Roffee (Executive Director, Access Board). Committee members and others in attendance introduced themselves. Mr. Capozzi (Director of the Office of Technical and Information Services, Access Board) provided an overview of Access Board responsibilities, the rulemaking process, development of passenger vessel accessibility guidelines (PVAG) under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and why the Board formed the advisory committee.
Mr. Beatty (Designated Federal Official, Staff member of Access Board) led a committee review of the draft operating protocols. After making changes, the committee approved the protocols. The changes were, in the first paragraph, adding the words “designs and practices” after the words “emergency alarm systems” and changing the word systems to system. Thirdly, at the end of the second paragraph, adding the sentence “the advisory committee shall take into consideration the potential effect on other persons with disabilities, including, but not limited to, persons with epilepsy”.
Mr. Raggio (General Counsel, Access Board) reviewed the requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, and Mr. Silverstein (Facilitator) introduced himself and reviewed the three tasks (shown below) the Committee is authorized to make recommendations on:
Mr. Beatty reviewed the portion of a committee handout which contained sections V215, V224.4, and V806.3.1, of the 2006 draft PVAG. These sections contained the draft provisions that required emergency alarm systems to comply with principles of best practice. The handout also contained an excerpt from the supplementary material provided with the 2006 draft PVAG which addressed why the draft contained principles of best practice.
Mr. Silverstein reviewed the portion of the handout which contained the proposed ADA effective communication requirements in sections 39.57, 39.85, 39.89, 39.93 from the Department of Transportation’s notice of proposed rulemaking on passenger vessels (Federal Register, January 23, 2007, pages 2833 to 2851). To provide recommendations on the three assigned tasks, Mr. Silverstein reminded the committee that they did not need to be concerned about whether their recommendations fall under the ADA jurisdiction of the Access Board (which has authority to address design, construction and alteration of fixed parts of a vessel) or under the ADA jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation and Department of Justice (whose authority includes addressing non-fixed parts and operational issues related to vessels). In conjunction with the other agencies, the Access Board will take the committee’s (future) final report and divide up the recommendations based on whose authority applies.
Following lunch, committee member Mr. Thompson made a presentation and answered questions concerning emergency alarm systems and operational practices provided on cruise ships owned by members of his association, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), subject to the International Convention of Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). Using Mr. Thompson’s presentation as a reference point, member Mr. Brockway (and public participant Mr. Lauridsen) discussed with the committee how smaller US flag cruise ships, and other US flag vessels without overnight accommodations (e.g., ferry, dinner, excursion, and gambling vessels), provide emergency notifications to passengers. Matters highlighted included:
Mr. Richardson provided the committee with an overview of the National Fire Protection Association NFPA 72 standard. NFPA 72 contains requirements for audible and visual emergency alarms and was referenced by the 2004 draft PVAG.
At the end of the day, a period of public comment was provided. Ms. Gabry provided comment, and the meeting adjourned for the day around 5 pm.
Mr. Silverstein opened the second day of the meeting. The committee was informed that the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) had appointed Ms. Schacter to be their representative on the committee because the original HLAA representative was unable to participate. The committee was reminded that the operating protocol approved by the committee allowed one committee member to represent two organizations.
Members Mr. Bakke, Ms. Schacter, and Ms. Hamlin, each made a presentation on the needs of people with hearing loss, or deafness. Matters highlighted included:
Following the lunch break, the committee decided its next meeting will be held November 28 and 29, 2007. The meeting is planned to be held at the same location as the September meeting (1331 F Street, NW, Room 1000, Washington, DC). A notice in the Federal Register will formally announce the date and location.
Mr. Silverstein led the committee in identifying the principles which may apply in developing committee recommendations. Principles discussed included:
Near the end of the day, the committee allowed a time for public comment. As no public attendees desired to comment, the committee adjourned.
|Matthew Bakke||Gallaudet University|
|Bryce Brockway||Passenger Vessel Association|
|David S. Chapman||Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers|
|Lise Hamlin||Community Emergency Preparedness Information Network|
|Barbara Raimondo||National Association of the Deaf|
|Lee Richardson||National Fire Protection Association|
|Janice Schacter||Hearing Access Program, and|
|Hearing Loss Association of America|
|Ted Thompson||Cruise Lines International Association|
|Kathleen C. Yannias||Epilepsy Foundation|
|Paul Beatty||Designated Federal Official, Access Board|
|David Capozzi||Director, Office of Technical and Information Services, Access Board|
|James Raggio||General Counsel, Access Board|
|Lawrence Roffee||Executive Director, Access Board|
|Elizabeth Stewart||Board Member, Access Board|
|Tiffany Bergman||Holland America|
|LCDR Marie Byrd||US Coast Guard|
|Jay Cardinali||Walt Disney Parks and Resorts|
|Deborah Gabry||Occupational Safety and Health Administration|
|Vicki Langlois||Disney Cruise Lines|
|Peter Lauridsen||Passenger Vessel Association|
|Lou Nash||US Coast Guard|
|CAPT James Scheffer||National Transportation Safety Board|
|Jan Tuck||Cunard Line|
|Ed Welch||Passenger Vessel Association|