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For Immediate Release
July 11, 2003
For More Information:
Kevin Weeks 503-947-7428
kevin.s.weeks@state.or.us

Oregon OSHA administrator named chair of national advisory council

Oregon OSHA administrator Peter De Luca has been named chair of the National Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) for 2003. NACOSH is the 12-member committee that advises the U.S. Secretary of Labor and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services on occupational-safety-and-health programs. U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor John Henshaw named De Luca to the post.

"This is a significant recognition for Oregon's program," says De Luca. "It is a widely held opinion in the national safety community that Oregon has one of the best occupational-safety-and-health programs in the nation."

In his role as chair, De Luca looks forward to advancing partnerships among government, labor, and management. "The relationship among the federal government, labor, and management should not be adversarial," says De Luca. "In order to succeed, we must be viewed as a positive force for adding value to safety. We need to find strategies we can all agree on. Being able to articulate safety and health is the right thing ethically and also the right thing from a business standpoint."

De Luca's first NACOSH meeting as chair was July 9-10 in Washington, D.C.

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