OSHA Biography

James Frederick

Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health

Jim Frederick has three decades of experience providing occupational health and safety leadership to North American labor unions as an advocate and a resource to workers, their employers and regulatory agencies. Mr. Frederick spent twenty-five years in the Health, Safety and Environment Department of the United Steelworkers Union (USW), serving as Assistant Director and Principal Investigator until 2019. In that role, he provided technical guidance to the USW and other unions on matters pertaining to occupational health, safety, and the environment. Mr. Frederick worked closely with the USW’s management counterparts and organizations around the world on a wide range of projects to improve workplace health and safety.

Mr. Frederick earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health (Industrial Hygiene) from Purdue University and a Master of Science in Environmental Health and Safety Management from Rochester Institute of Technology. Throughout his career, he has served on a number of safety and health groups including: the NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselor; the ANSI Z10 standard committee; the US committee that contributed to the ISO 45001 standard; the NIOSH NORA Traumatic Injury Prevention Council; the NIEHS Worker Training Program National Clearinghouse Advisory Committee; and the OSHA Metal Working Fluids Standard Advisory Committee.