The U.S. Senate voted on Tuesday to confirm that Doug Parker will head the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as the 13th Deputy Secretary of Labor.
With a 50-41 vote, Parker became the first confirmed OSHA leader since then. January 2017. He most recently served as Head of the California Department of Occupational Safety and Health, and has previously served as Deputy Secretary of Policy in the Labor Department's Mine Safety and Health Administration under the Obama administration. Mr. Parker was also part of the Biden Transitional Team for Occupational Safety and Health.
The American Society of Safety Professionals, which represents more than 36,000 security personnel, issued a statement on Tuesday about Mr. Parker's confirmation as Department of Labor's new head of workplace safety.
"This leadership role was vacant for too long, and the position is more important than ever given the workplace safety challenges created by the pandemic and the continuing development of how work is performed," Brad Giles, ASSP president, said in a statement. "We recognize that Doug is a strong advocate for the protection of workers and believe that his experience in public policy will help OSHA. We look forward to working with Doug and his staff on many issues of safety and health at work." [1