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OSHA Biography

Richard E. FairfaxRichard E. Fairfax, CIH
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health

Richard Fairfax was named to his new position by Assistant Secretary David Michaels where he began his duties on April 5, 2010. As Deputy Assistant Secretary, Mr. Fairfax is responsible for supervision of the work of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s 10 Regional Offices across the country and the Directorates of Enforcement and Construction.

Immediately prior to this position, Mr. Fairfax served as the Director of Enforcement Programs and Acting Director of Construction Programs for OSHA. A certified industrial hygienist, he has worked for OSHA for 32 years as a field industrial hygienist, regional industrial hygienist and as a senior industrial hygienist before becoming Director of Enforcement Programs.

Mr. Fairfax also writes a column and serves on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene.