AIHA Remembers Former Congressman Cass Ballenger

Posted February 26, 2015

Former congressman Cass Ballenger, who served as chairman of the House subcommittee with OSHA oversight during his 18 years in Congress, passed away Feb. 18, at the age of 88. As chairman of the subcommittee on work force protections, Ballenger said his goal was to “change government from being adversarial to being more consultative,” according to his obituary in The Washington Post. The article also notes that during his time in Congress, Ballenger helped enact changes to OSHA such as allowing business to more freely seek guidance from the agency and stopping enforcement quotas.

“While many in labor did not agree with many of Mr. Ballenger’s thoughts on how to make OSHA work more efficiently, his efforts were for the betterment of workers,” said Aaron Trippler, AIHA’s director of government affairs. “AIHA had a long and positive relationship working with Mr. Ballenger. He always had the best interests of the worker in mind.”