Movers & Shakers

Movers & Shakers

California: Crawford Named to Standards Board

Sacramento – Kate Crawford, director of safety and health for Hensel Phelps Construction, has been named as a management member of the Cal/OSHA Standards Board. Board members are essentially volunteers, are not paid (except for per diem) and do not require state Senate confirmation. Crawford previously served as safety director at Associated General Contractors of California, Turner Construction and Skanksa USA Building. Source: Cal-OSHA Reporter

California: Littler Names Cal/OSHA Attorney to OSH Practice

Los Angeles – The Littler law firm has added former Cal/OSHA counsel Eric Compere to its Workplace Safety & Health Practice Group. At the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, Compere participated in administrative hearings, appellate briefings and oral arguments. He also advised the governor’s office on occupational safety and health matters, conducted legislative reviews, and has served as a Cal/OSHA contact with the Department of Public Health and state Department of Justice during the coronavirus pandemic. Source: Cal-OSHA Reporter

California: Governor Names Ogletree’s Tynan to Board of Pilot Commissioners

Sacramento – Governor Gavin Newsom has named Karen Tynan, a workplace safety attorney with the Ogletree Deakins law firm, to the Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo and Suisun. Tynan is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy. The BPOC licenses and regulates maritime pilots. Source: Cal-OSHA Reporter

Kansas: Governor Names Flachsbarth Acting Secretary of Labor

Topeka – Governor Laura Kelly announced Deputy Secretary of the Kansas Department of Labor, Brett Flachsbarth, as Acting Secretary of Labor. He will serve as Acting Secretary of Labor until the governor announces the permanent secretary. Brett joined the Kansas Department of Labor in 2005 as a member of the agency’s legal team. He was appointed to Deputy Secretary of Labor in January 2019. He has worked in a variety of roles including Director of Unemployment insurance, Chief of Appeals, Counsel to the Employment Security Board of Review and Counsel to the Public Employee Relations Board. He is a current member and former Chair of the Steering Committee for the Information and Technology Support Center, a nationwide collaboration between state agencies and the Department of Labor to advance the effective use of technology within the unemployment insurance system. Source: Hays Post/Linkedin

Michigan: Farmington Public Safety Director Leaves to Join MIOSHA

Farmington, Michigan – Farmington Public Safety Director Frank Demers announced his retirement in December and has accepted a position with Michigan OSHA. Deputy Director Ted Warthman will move into the top post. Appointed director following the 2014 departure of Bob Schulz, Demers first joined the department in 1995. During his tenure, crime rates have declined to record lows, and the department became one of just 10 in the state accredited by the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police. Source: Farmington Voice


Society for Risk Analysis Inducts Eula Bingham, Posthumously, to Pantheon of Risk Analysis

McLean, Virginia – The Society for Risk Analysis has inducted Eula Bingham to the Pantheon of Risk Analysis. The Pantheon, established in 2008, recognizes luminaries and visionaries in risk analysis and serves to illustrate how the field contributes to the advancement of knowledge and public good. Bingham was a champion of setting stringent standards to protect employee health and safety. She was an Emerita professor at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, a toxicologist and head of Fed-OSHA under President Jimmy Carter. During her time at the University of Cincinnati, Bingham contributed more than 100 peer-reviewed articles on occupational and environmental respiratory hazards, chemical carcinogenesis, and occupational and environmental health policy. As Director of Fed-OSHA, she revised occupational lead exposure standard and was a pioneer of regulations on employees’ “right to know” about workplace hazards. SRA awarded the recognition posthumously, following Bingham’s death on June 13, 2020, at the age of 90. Source: Newswise/Center for Public Integrity