New Cal/OSHA Chief

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, June 19, 2015

Juliann Sum of Berkeley was appointed by Governor Brown last December and unanimously confirmed on June 11th by the Senate Rules Committee to lead the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) as Chief. She has been serving as acting chief since 2013.

Sum was a special advisor to the director at DIR from 2012 to 2013 and held several positions at the University of California, Berkeley from 1994 to 2012, including project director at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment and attorney and industrial hygienist at the Labor Occupational Health Program. She was an associate attorney at the Environmental Law Foundation from 1994 to 1995, a litigation associate at Carroll, Burdick and McDonough LLP from 1991 to 1994 and an industrial hygienist and business representative for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245 from 1979 to 1986.

Sum earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a Master of Science degree in environmental health sciences from the Harvard University School of Public Health.

Cal/OSHA helps protect workers from health and safety hazards on the job in almost every workplace in California. Employers who want to learn more about California workplace health and safety standards or labor law violations can access information on DIR’s website.

Cal/OSHA’s Consultation Program provides free and voluntary assistance to employers and employee organizations to improve their health and safety programs. Employers should call (800) 963-9424 for assistance from Cal/OSHA. 

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