Region 1 News Release: BOS 2000-142
Thursday, October 5, 2000
Contact: John M. Chavez
PHONE: (617) 565-2075
RICHARD J. FAZZIO APPOINTED NEW OSHA AREA DIRECTOR FOR NORTHEASTERN MASSACHUSETTS IN METHUEN
Richard J. Fazzio, a veteran safety and health professional, has been appointed as the new Area Director for the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) office based in Methuen, Massachusetts.
According to Ruth McCully, New England Regional Administrator for OSHA in Boston, Fazzio's office is responsible for Federal safety and health enforcement covering private industry workplaces in the Northeastern Massachusetts counties of Essex and Middlesex.
"Rich Fazzio is an experienced safety and health professional who will bring a wealth of expertise as well as excellent leadership qualities to his new assignment," said McCully, who noted that Fazzio began his career with the Labor Department's safety agency in 1978 as an industrial hygienist in the Hartford, Connecticut, Area Office.
Also in the Hartford OSHA office, Fazzio served from 1981 through 1985 as Senior Industrial Hygienist; 1985 through 1986 as Safety Supervisor, and 1986 through 1987 as Industrial Hygiene Supervisor. A native of Meriden, Connecticut, Fazzio briefly left Federal service in 1987 to become the Corporate Safety and Health Manager for the Perkin-Elmer Corp. in Wilton, Connecticut, until 1990. He then returned to OSHA, serving in the Regional Office in Boston as the Assistant Regional Administrator for Training, Education, Consultation and Federal Agency Programs. In that position, he was also responsible for small business initiatives, state plans, partnerships and OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program.
A graduate of Platt High School in Meriden, Conn., Fazzio holds an A.A.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering Technology from Waterbury State Technical College, Waterbury, Conn., a B.S. Degree in Occupational Safety and Health from the University of New Haven, West Haven, Conn., and an M.S. Degree in Occupational Safety and Health Management, also from the University of New Haven.
Fazzio, 50, has a total of twenty-five years experience in occupational safety and health. He is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) in Comprehensive Practice. He holds memberships in the American Society of Safety Engineers and the American Industrial Hygiene Association. He serves on the environmental advisory board of Jobs for Youth - Boston, and the environmental advisory board of Strive - Boston. He is the recipient of the 1998 Community Service Award from Jobs for Youth - Boston, Inc., and the 2000 Exceptional Leadership Award presented by his peers in OSHA.
Regarding his new appointment, Fazzio said, "I am committed to enforcing the 1970 Occupational Safety and Health Act and protecting the workers of Massachusetts. I will work closely with labor, management associations, small business, Federal agencies, the community and employers in general who voluntarily strive to provide a safe and healthful workplace for their employees."
Fazzio currently resides with his wife Nancy, also of Meriden, Conn., and their son Christopher and daughter Nicole in Foxborough, Mass.
The Methuen Area Office of OSHA is located in the Valley Office Park, 13 Branch Street, Methuen, Mass. The phone number is 617-565-8110. Fazzio urged Northeastern Massachusetts employers and employees with questions regarding safety and health standards to contact his office. He added that OSHA's toll-free nationwide hotline -- 1-800-321-OSHA (1-800-321-6742) -- may be used to report workplace accidents and fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, especially those situations which occur outside of normal business hours.
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