OSHA Opens New Offices in San Diego, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Oakland

OSHA announced this week that it has opened four new offices in the West. Two of the new offices are in California, San Diego and Oakland, with the others in Las Vegas, Nevada and Phoenix, Arizona. The offices are billed as supporting OSHA's  "increased activity, strengthened enforcement and enhanced state plan oversight."

Following are the names and backgrounds of the new area directors as announced in the series of press releases OSHA distributed on the changes.

The new area director of OSHA's Phoenix office is Ylvonne Gonzalez, a safety engineer with a degree in chemical engineering. She has more than 11 years of safety and health experience and has worked in OSHA's Parsippany, N.J., and Wilkes-Barre, Pa., area offices. Prior to her selection, Gonzalez was the assistant area director in Wilkes-Barre.

The new area director of OSHA's San Diego office is Tom Carle, a safety engineer and a certified safety professional who has been with OSHA for more than 12 years. He has worked in OSHA's Bridgeport and Allentown, Pa., area offices. Prior to his selection for this position, he served as the assistant area director in Allentown.

The new area director of OSHA's Oakland office is Van Howell, a certified safety professional with 23 years of experience within the agency. Prior to his selection for this position, Howell served as the regional auditor and team leader for enforcement programs in OSHA's San Francisco-based regional office.

The new area director of OSHA's Las Vegas office is Joy Flack, with more than 23 years of federal and state OSHA experience. Flack has attained her designation as a certified industrial hygienist and previously served as the agency's area director in Bellevue, Wash.

OSHA Proposes New Rule

OSHA also published this week a notice of proposed rulemaking that would make changes to OSHA's On-site Consultation Program. The proposed changes would make it easier for OSHA to inspect workplaces that are undergoing OSHA on-site consultation or are part of the  Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) program. If successful, worksites  normally exempt from inspection could be targeted for inspection if they meet special criteria proposed by the Assistant Secretary of OSHA, Dr. David Michaels.

Comments on the proposed rule may be made to the Federal Register by November 2, 2010.

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