(a) The Secretary shall establish, implement, and maintain the minimum standards necessary
for the safe operation of all Coast Guard search and rescue center facilities, including
with respect to the following:
(1) The lighting, acoustics, and temperature in the facilities.
(2) The number of individuals on a shift in the facility assigned search and rescue responsibilities
(including communications), which may be adjusted based on seasonal workload.
(3) The length of time an individual may serve on watch to minimize fatigue, based on
the best scientific information available.
(4) The scheduling of individuals having search and rescue responsibilities to minimize
fatigue of the individual when on duty in the facility.
(5) The workload of each individual engaged in search and rescue responsibilities in
(6) Stress management for the individuals assigned search and rescue responsibilities
in the facilities.
(7) The design of equipment and facilities to minimize fatigue and enhance search and
(8) The acquisition and maintenance of interim search and rescue command center communications
(9) Any other requirements that the Secretary believes will increase the safe operation
of the search and rescue centers.
(b) Sense of Congress.--It is the sense of the Congress that the Secretary should establish, implement,
and maintain minimum standards necessary to ensure that an individual on duty or watch
in a Coast Guard search and rescue command center facility does not work more than
12 hours in a 24-hour period, except in an emergency or unforeseen circumstances.
(c) Definition.--For the purposes of this section, the term “search and rescue center facility” means a Coast Guard shore facility that maintains a search and rescue mission coordination
and communications watch.
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