Barab named OSHA's interim director

Jordan Barab, a Congressional staffer with expertise in workplace safety and a history of standing up for employees in both the private and public sectors, has been named the acting head of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis appointed Barab as acting assistant secretary for OSHA while the department decides on a permanent leader for the agency, according to a Wednesday announcement by the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee. Barab has also been named to the number two job at OSHA as the deputy assistant secretary. He starts his new duties on Monday.

Barab joined the House Education and Labor Committee in February 2007 as senior labor policy advisor for health and safety after four years at the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board. He served as special assistant to the assistant director of labor for OSHA from 1998 to 2001, and directed the safety and health program for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees from 1982 to 1998.

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