April 15, 2021

Biden to Nominate Cal/OSHA Chief to Head Federal OSHA

President Joe Biden announced on Friday his intent to nominate Doug Parker, chief of California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), as the new assistant secretary of labor for OSHA. Parker has served as chief of Cal/OSHA since 2019 and earlier was executive director of Worksafe, a legal services provider based in Oakland, California. The statement from the White House notes that Parker worked as a member of the Biden-Harris transition team focused on worker health and safety issues and previously served as deputy assistant secretary for policy at MSHA during the Obama administration. He also held positions as a senior policy advisor and special assistant at the Department of Labor.

OSHA has been without a permanent administrator since David Michaels resigned in 2017.

In March, Marty Walsh, who was serving his second term as mayor of Boston, was sworn in as the U.S. Secretary of Labor. He is the first union member to serve as Labor secretary since the 1970s. AIHA member Jim Frederick is currently serving as OSHA’s principal deputy assistant secretary of labor. According to his biography on the agency’s website, Frederick has three decades of experience providing occupational health and safety leadership to North American labor unions as an advocate and a resource to workers, employers, and regulatory agencies.