Region 2 News Release: NY 225
December 14, 1999
Contact: Chester J. Fultz
OSHA APPOINTS COMPLIANCE SPECIALIST IN NEW JERSEY TO HELP BUSINESSES MEET SAFETY AND HEALTH STANDARDS
Louis Ricca, Jr., assistant area director of the Parsippany, New Jersey Occupational Safety and Health Administration office, has been named as compliance assistance specialist for the State of New Jersey. Mr. Ricca's responsibility will be to assure that large and small businesses throughout the state receive the technical assistance they need to comply with OSHA safety and health standards.
"We have a responsibility as an enforcement agency to educate employers and employees about what is required of them to maintain a safe and healthful workplace", Patricia K. Clark, regional OSHA administrator said in announcing the appointment. "This outreach effort to the business community is a very important step toward achieving greater compliance with OSHA regulations, thereby providing an increased measure of protection for the workers in New Jersey."
Ricca, who has served for 16 years with OSHA in New Jersey, will work with labor and industry associations, as well as municipal and state agencies, to reach as many employers as possible throughout the state. He will also be responsible for building upon existing partnerships with trade groups, including the Utility and Transportation Contractors Association of New Jersey, and others, such as the New Jersey Department of Transportation, the State Police, Rutgers University, Laborers Locals 172 and 472, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, to secure greater awareness of and compliance with OSHA regulations.
"I really have one goal", Ricca said "and that is to help make New Jersey the safest state in the country in which to work. We have the model already in place-the establishment of the highway construction workzone safety partnership here in New Jersey which OSHA developed together with its labor, industry, and state government partners to reduce worker deaths, injuries and illnesses in highway construction and maintenance and to decrease worker exposure to crystalline silica dust. We want to build more linkages and cooperative programs of that kind to increase our effectiveness. Both employers and employees have told us that they want to do the right thing. They need help from us understanding their responsibilities."
Ricca has spent his entire professional career with OSHA as a compliance officer in Hasbrouck Heights, Dover and Parsippany, where he was named assistant area director for safety compliance in 1990. Prior to coming to OSHA, he served as a safety specialist, and later as a safety manager, for the U. S. Postal Service. He is a former chief of the Hopatcong Fire Department, as well as the current vice-president of the Hopatcong Board of Education.
A native of the Bronx, New York, Ricca resides in Hopatcong with his wife and daughter.
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