Statement from AIHA on death of Joseph A. Dear, former Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA


Release No. SPR-14-0303-01

Nicole Racadag, AIHA Communications
(703) 846-0700; 

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (March 3, 2014) —  The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) today issued the following statement on the passing of former Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Joseph A. Dear:  

“Joe Dear became Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA in late 1993, less than a year after AIHA moved its national office from Ohio to Washington, D.C.  For an association like AIHA, becoming more involved in public policy issues was a tremendous undertaking. However, Joe became a strong supporter of AIHA, recognizing the importance of occupational health and safety professionals’ knowledge and expertise in making advances to protect worker health. There is no doubt that AIHA’s credibility and influence greatly increased because of Joe and his recognition of associations like AIHA. He will be remembered and sorely missed for his efforts to protect workers.”


About AIHA®
Founded in 1939, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) is the premier association of occupational and environmental health and safety professionals. AIHA’s 10,000 members play a crucial role on the front line of worker health and safety every day. Members represent a cross-section of industry, private business, labor, government and academia. AIHA will celebrate 75 years of protecting worker health and serving the industrial hygiene community at AIHce 2014, the premier event for IH and OEHS professionals.