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August 20, 1996

L&I director named to national worker-safety advisory panel

TUMWATER - Mark O. Brown, director of the state Department of Labor & Industries, has been appointed to a national advisory committee on worker safety and health in the construction industry by Robert Reich, secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor.

Brown, who has headed L&I since 1993, was named to the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH).

"I'm pleased that the federal government recognizes some of the positive safety and health advances that we've been able to accomplish in Washington's construction industry in partnership with business and labor, and I'm looking forward to an opportunity to play a part in replicating it at the national level," Brown said.

Reich welcomed Brown's experience and ideas.

"We believe that your knowledge and experience will be of great value to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and its current emphasis on finding new and improved ways to save lives, prevent injuries, and protect the health of American workers," Reich wrote.

The 15-member panel advises the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on standards and policies designed to protect construction workers from workplace hazards. ACCSH consists of five representatives each of employers and workers, two representatives of state government, two public representatives and one federal representative. Members serve two-year terms.

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