Region 9 News Release: OSHA-9.04
Wednesday, January 27, 1999
Contact: Ernie Sanchez, (303) 844-1303 | HOME: (303) 987-1056
GREGORY J. BAXTER NAMED REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR
FOR OSHA IN DENVER; AREA COVERS SIX WESTERN STATES
Gregory J. Baxter is the new Regional Administrator in Denver for Region VIII of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Charles Jeffress, assistant secretary of Labor for OSHA announced.
Baxter's appointment by the national head of OSHA follows his tenure as acting regional administrator since May 1998, when former RA Byron R. ABart Chadwick retired. Regional OSHA administers the program in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.
OSHA, an Agency of the U. S. Department of Labor, encourages employers and employees to reduce workplace hazards and to implement new or improve existing safety and health programs; establishes training programs to increase the number and competency of occupational safety and health personnel; and develops and enforces mandatory job safety and health standards.
"My goal is to ensure that all my efforts and the efforts of every OSHA employee in Region VIII are focused on one single outcome," Baxter said, "that is, to ensure that every working man and woman who leaves for work each day, returns home to their families as safe and healthful as when they left."
Baxter began his career 24 years ago in Long Island, N. Y., where he performed safety and health inspections as a compliance officer. From 1981 to 1983, he served in the New York regional office as a safety program evaluator and as a grants administrator. He transferred to Denver in 1983 and, until 1987, served as the program manager of the region's Consultation Program, which provides cost free assistance to small employers.
He then moved to Washington, D.C., where he served as chief of the Division of Consultation Programs. In 1989 he returned to Denver to become the deputy regional administrator.
In 1990, he served as program coordinator for an OSHA evaluation of the U. S. Department of Energy's safety and health program for its government-owned contractor-operated facilities. In 1993, he was awarded the Secretary's Distinguished Career Service Award. He also served as the OSHA field coordinator for the Department of Labor flexible workplace program. In recent years, Baxter was recognized for his leadership in several major investigations, including the Colorado South Canyon Fire, which in 1996 killed 14 firefighters.
Regional OSHA in 1998 initiated two unique programs for partnering with industry to provide safe and healthful work environments in two targeted areas: The HomeSafe program is an agreement with the Denver Metropolitan Home Builders' Association. The SESAC partnership is a cooperative effort with the Steel Erectors' Safety Association of Colorado. The primary goal of both is the elimination of serious accidents primarily through effective safety and health programs at all participating worksites.
Baxter is the architect for the procedures to be followed in implementing the agreements. He currently is serving as chair of a task force working to facilitate the transition of the United States Postal Service to OSHA private sector enforcement.
Baxter and his wife Patricia have two sons, Kevin and Paul -- both students at Colorado State University, and a daughter, Jeanne Marie, who is an honor student at Powell Middle School. They live in Littleton.