Chao Announces New NACOSH Members

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," Chao said.

The committee, established under the OSH 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 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: Labor Representative Barbara McCabe, program manager, International Union of Operating Engineers; Management Representative Jennifer Marie Bailey, safety manager, American Cast Iron Pipe Co.; Safety Representative Karl A. Jacobson, senior vice president, loss prevention, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group; and Health Representative Susan Randolph, clinical instructor, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

The reappointed members are: Public Representatives Douglas Kalinowski, director, Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and Vickie Wells, director, Occupational Safety and Health, San Francisco Department of Public Health; and Labor Representative Kevin M. Sommers, Warren Michigan Police Department, Fraternal Order of Police, Grand Lodge.

Continuing members are: Public Representatives Alan C. McMillan, president and chief executive officer, National Safety Council, and Catherine L. Thomsen, project lead for special research initiatives, California Breast Cancer Research Program, Office of the President, University of California; Safety Representative Emory Knowles III, manager, industrial hygiene and safety, Northrop Grumman Corp.; Health Representative Dr. James Blessman, assistant professor, Wayne State University; Management Representative; and Jim Swartz, director, Corporate Safety and Compliance, Delta Airlines.

For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

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