The Governor has made three appointments to the Cal/OSHA Standards Board.
Filling a long-time vacancy on the Cal/OSHA Standard Board, Governor Gavin Newsom named construction safety professional Kathleen “Kate” Crawford to the position. The seat has been vacant since 2018.
Crawford fills the open seat on the seven-member board and is the second management representative.
Director of safety and health at Hensel Phelps Construction since 2015, Crawford is a familiar face in the Cal/OSHA community. She has been an active participant in many rulemaking projects. Previously, she was director of safety and regulatory affairs at Associated General Contractors of California; safety director at Turner Construction; and safety manager at SKANSKA USA Building.
She also is a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals and on the advisory council for Central Washington University’s safety degree program.
Reappointed are two members: Labor member David Harrison, financial secretary for Operating Engineers Local 3; and occupational safety member Laura Stock, director of UC Berkeley’s Labor Occupational Health Program.
The Standards Board is unpaid and does not require Senate confirmation. The three appointments were announced late Wednesday the 30th of December.
The Fall 2020 SF Chapter scholarship recipient is Kevin Comerford. Congrats to Kevin!
Kevin is working toward the associated degree in Occupational Safety and Health at Las Positas College and hopes to work in ES&H upon graduation. He already holds a BA in Wood Products Engineering from the State University of New York College and an Associate’s degree in Forestry from Paul Smith’s College in New York. With his BA in hand, Kevin relocated to Oregon in 2003 and began working in a sawmill. He recalls safety being priority 1 at the sawmill. He became a member of the site safety committee and enjoyed the opportunity to travel to other sawmills, performing walkthroughs and reviewing safety programs. For the past eight years, he has stayed at home with his two children. With the kids now on the same school schedule, he has the time and hopes to re-enter the workforce. Kevin brings a lot of work experience to the program at Las Positas College and is willing to share that information with others. According to Steve McConnell, a professor in the Las Positas Occupational Safety and Health program, “Kevin continues to do well in each class he takes. He should have no problem moving into an ES&H position upon graduation.”