OSHAB Chair Donaldson Retires

Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board (OSHAB) Chair Elaine W. Donaldson retired December 30, 1995 after a long period of service.

Donaldson was appointed management member of OSHAB by two governors. George Deukmejian first appointed her on March 15, 1984 and later reappointed her. She was reappointed again by Governor Pete Wilson.

As of January 1996, she will serve on the Pacific Stock Exchange board of governors. She also chairs the board of Sutter Roseville Medical Center.

Donaldson was honored with a retirement party at the Sutter Club in Sacramento on December 11. Julie Justus, appointments secretary to Governor Wilson, presented her with a congratulatory letter from the Governor. The OSHAB chair also received a California Senate Resolution from Senator Tim Leslie and congratulatory letters from Governor Deukmejian, Member of Congress John Doolittle, and Assemblymember David Knowles.

Prior to her OSHAB service, Donaldson held elected office. She was a trustee of the Covina-Valley Unified School District in eastern Los Angeles County, and later served as the first woman mayor of Covina-meeting Governor Wilson for the first time when he was mayor of San Diego.

Donaldson has been an advocate for small business. She and her husband, Ray, founded an industrial supply distributorship in Covina in 1962. She was appointed to the board of directors of the California Chamber of Commerce, and in 1980 was involved with both the White House Conference on Small Business and the California Conference on Small Business. Governor Wilson will appoint a successor to Donaldson. OSHAB, which decides appeals by employers of Cal/OSHA citations and penalties, consists of three members: one management representative, one representing organized labor, and one from the general public.