IR #2005-49
Thursday, December 22, 2005

Dean Fryer
Renee Bacchini
(415) 703-5050

John MacLeod named Chair of the Cal/OSHA Standards Board

Sacramento - The Cal/OSHA Standards Board, this week, welcomes John MacLeod as chairman of the board. Appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger on Tuesday, December 20, MacLeod replaces Jesse Navarro as the public member. MacLeod served as executive officer of the Standards Board from 1995 through 2003.

"John MacLeod's experience as the boards past executive officer will benefit him as he quickly assumes the role of chair," said John Rea, acting director of the Department of Industrial Relations. "MacLeod's experience in regulatory development, policy analysis and management, as well as his understanding of the appeals board process, make him the right leader for the job."

Previously, MacLeod served for more then seven years in the Office of Statewide Health Planning where he was responsible for carrying out the administrative responsibilities for the Division of Facilities Development and also worked 11 years with the Development and Seismic Safety Commission.
MacLeod joins the seven-member board and will serve a four-year term through June 1, 2009. Former Chair Steve Rank, whose term will expire on June 1, 2006, will continue with the board as the labor representative.

"Steve Rank has served the board well in guiding the board for two years. I have enjoyed all the Department's interaction with him over these years. We are grateful for his dedication to protecting workers and providing guidance to employers in his role as chairman," added Rea.

The Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board, a seven-member body appointed by the Governor, is the standards-setting body within Cal/OSHA. The standards board's objectives are to adopt reasonable and enforceable standards at least as effective as federal standards. The standards board also has the responsibility to grant or deny applications for variances from adopted standards and respond to petitions for new or revised standards. For more information please visit
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