OSHA Biography

Joseph Hughes, Jr.

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Pandemic and Emergency Response

Joseph “Chip” Hughes has forty years of experience in both the private and public sectors in developing environmental and occupational health education programs for workers and citizens in high-risk occupations and communities. Mr. Hughes previously served for more than thirty years as director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Worker Training Program. In this role, he led the program’s efforts to support the development and delivery of model safety and health training programs for workers involved in hazardous substances response in cooperation with universities, unions, community colleges and other non-profit organizations throughout the nation. Through this work, he pioneered efforts to create new methods and approaches for conducting needs assessments, reaching underserved populations, developing training partnerships and creating innovative program evaluation and assessment measures.

Mr. Hughes earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the College of Holy Cross, and a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been involved in coordinated federal responses to a number of natural disasters and emergencies, including the World Trade Center attacks, Katrina disaster, Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Ebola, and COVID-19 pandemic.