John B. Foster of Sacramento was appointed as a new member, filling one of the labor representative seats. Foster is an associate electrical engineer for the California Department of Corrections. He is a member of the Professional Engineers in California Government. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Foster earned a bachelor's degree from San Francisco State University.
Governor Wilson reappointed OSHSB members Gwendolyn Berman, Kenneth Young Jr., and William Jackson.
Berman has served on OSHSB since 1992. She is the supervisor of occupational safety and health for the Southern California Gas Company. From 1980 to 1985, Berman was corporate industrial hygienist for Beckman Instruments, an instrument manufacturer. She also has worked as an environmental health specialist for the U.S. Air Force.
Berman's memberships include the American Society of Safety Engineers, Board of Certified Safety Professionals, American Industrial Hygiene Association, and the Orange County section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association. A certified safety professional and certified industrial hygienist, she fills the OSHSB seat for an occupational health representative.
Young, a member of the board since 1994, serves as a labor representative. He is a retired youth counselor at the California Youth Authority's O.H. Close School in Stockton. He is a member of the California Correctional Peace Officers Foundation and a retired member of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association.
Jackson has served on the board since 1992. He has been employed by Granite Construction since 1977 and currently serves as the firm's director of safety and environmental affairs. He is a member of the Associated General Contractors of California, American Society of Safety Engineers, and National Construction Safety Executives. Jackson serves as a management representative on the board. OSHAB appointments do not require Senate confirmation. OSHSB has the exclusive authority to adopt and amend occupational safety and health standards in California. It consists of seven members appointed by the Governor: two from the field of management, two from the field of labor, one from the field of occupational health, one from the field of occupational safety, and one representative of the general public.