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Trade News Release
June 11, 2007
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Phone: (202) 693-1999

Dean McDaniel named new OSHA Region VI Administrator
Will direct Agency activities in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has appointed Dean McDaniel as Region VI Administrator. McDaniel, a veteran of OSHA for 32 years, of which eight were spent as the Assistant Regional Administrator for Region VI, will lead OSHA's policy implementation in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

"Dean's extensive safety, health and management experience will help him succeed as he continues OSHA's strong, fair and effective enforcement; outreach, education and compliance assistance; and cooperative and voluntary programs throughout Region VI," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "Through these efforts, employers and employees will better understand how OSHA adds value to their business, work and life."

Prior to this appointment, McDaniel served as a special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of OSHA from December 2004 to May 2007. During that time, he led the Agency-wide effort to develop the OSHA Information System (OIS). OIS will replace the Integrated Management Information System (IMIS) that was implemented in 1992.

Before joining OSHA's National Office in Washington, D.C., McDaniel served as the Assistant Regional Administrator for federal and state operations in OSHA's Dallas Regional Office, overseeing OSHA's compliance activities in Texas and surrounding states. McDaniel has held several other positions with OSHA, including Area Director of the Dallas and Lubbock, Texas, offices, and as a field industrial hygienist in the Kansas City, Mo., and Oklahoma City, Okla., area offices.

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