April 09, 2009
Former AFSCME staffer Jordan Barab was appointed yesterday as the acting head of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Barab is well-known as a strong advocate for health and safety in the workplace. He will lead the agency until a permanent director is chosen and then will become OSHA’s deputy assistant secretary on a permanent basis.
He has a deep commitment and dedication to protecting workers.
Barab directed AFSCME’s safety and health program for AFSCME from 1982 to 1998. He served as special assistant to the assistant director of labor for OSHA from 1998 to 2001. He was a consultant to the AFL-CIO Safety and Health Department from 2001 to 2002, and from 2003 to 2007, Barab wrote an award-winning blog about workplace health and safety called Confined Space. Before his appointment, Barab was serving a senior policy adviser for the House Education and Labor Committee.
Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), chairman of the Education and Labor Committee, says Barab “will bring a tremendous amount of valuable health and safety experience to an agency that has been neglected for far too long.”