Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for
Occupational Safety and Health
During the 2017 transition period, Thomas Galassi is serving as acting deputy assistant secretary for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and overseeing the agency's national and field offices.
Before the transition, Mr. Galassi was the director of OSHA's Directorate of Enforcement Programs (DEP). In this position, he led a staff of approximately 55 employees who support OSHA's mission of enforcing standards and developing enforcement initiatives through policy vehicles such as directives and letters of interpretation. The directorate addresses general industry, maritime, agriculture, federal agencies, and health enforcement.
Mr. Galassi began his career with OSHA in 1986 as a compliance safety and health officer, serving from 1986 – 1990 in the Milwaukee, Los Angeles, and Peoria, Ill., Area Offices. Starting in 1990, he began serving in a variety of National Office positions, including executive assistant for two assistant secretaries, director of the Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management, and deputy director of DEP.
Mr. Galassi holds a Master of Public Health in Environmental/Occupational Health from the University of Illinois in Chicago, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Illinois State University. He is a certified industrial hygienist credentialed by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.