Gino DiCaro

CMTA's Washington appointed to workplace safety board

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, July 13, 2007 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

This week, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed CMTA's consultant and former workers' compensation, safety and health, and human resources lobbyist, Willie Washington, to the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHB).  

The OSHB's mission is to promote, adopt, and maintain reasonable standards that will ensure a safe and healthful workplace for California workers.  A seven-member body appointed by the Governor, OSHB is basically the standards-setting agency within the CalOSHA program.  One of the most significant and recent OSHB activities was to regulate outdoor heat illness prevention.  In the coming months the Board will also look at regulating the use of diacytel in the workplace and will approve permissible exposure limits for other workplace chemicals.

Washington, 71, was removed from the Industrial Relations Board so he could fill this appointment.  His decades of experience with workplace regulatory boards is invaluable to both the Board and the stakeholders coming before him.  He will also stay on as a consultant to CMTA, primarily supporting the Association's career and technical education efforts.  You can congratulate or touch base with Mr. Washington here.

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