Nov. 15, 2007
Contact: Sharon Worthy David Sims
Phone: 202-693-4679 202-693-1898
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao today announced the appointment of seven members to the 12-person National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH).
"America's workers will benefit from the diverse perspectives and expertise of these committee members who will be working with the department in advancing workplace safety and health," said Secretary Chao.
The committee, established under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, advises the Secretaries of Labor and Health and Human Services on occupational safety and health programs. Members of the advisory committee are chosen on the basis of their knowledge and experience in occupational safety and health. The committee is administered by the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
"I believe we have struck the right chord in assembling this group of skilled experts," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke Jr. "We sought out nominees from varied backgrounds, and that is what we achieved. Each appointee brings vast knowledge and unique insights that will help assist us in our mission to assure a safe and healthful workplace."
To ensure continuity in the committee, each member serves a two-year term.
The newly appointed members are:
Barbara McCabe, program manager, International Union of Operating Engineers
Jennifer Marie Bailey, safety manager, American Cast Iron Pipe Co.
Karl A. Jacobson, senior vice president, loss prevention, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group
Susan Randolph, clinical instructor, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
(one of two members designated by the Secretary of Health and Human Services and appointed by the Secretary of Labor)
The reappointed members are:
Douglas Kalinowski, director, Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Vickie Wells, director, Occupational Safety and Health, San Francisco Department of Public Health (one of two members designated by the Secretary of Health and Human Services and appointed by the Secretary of Labor)
Kevin M. Sommers, Warren Michigan Police Department, Fraternal Order of Police, Grand Lodge
Continuing members are:
Alan C. McMillan, president and chief executive officer, National Safety Council
Catherine L. Thomsen, project lead for special research initiatives, California Breast Cancer Research Program, Office of the President, University of California
Emory Knowles III, manager, industrial hygiene and safety, Northrop Grumman Corp.
Dr. James Blessman, assistant professor, Wayne State University
Jim Swartz, director, Corporate Safety and Compliance, Delta Airlines
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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