Senate Confirms First Workplace Safety Chief Since Obama Era

Oct. 25, 2021, 10:58 PM

The U.S. Senate signed off on California safety regulator Doug Parker taking the reins of the U.S. Department of Labor’s workplace safety arm, giving the agency its first confirmed leader since the Obama era.

Parker, who played a central role in developing California’s Covid-19 workplace safety rule, will lead the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, an agency on the front lines of the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. He was most recently head of the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, commonly known as Cal/OSHA.

The Senate voted 50-41 Monday to confirm Parker as assistant secretary ...

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