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Nov. 9, 2005

L&I manager to chair national safety organization

TUMWATER — Steve Cant, acting assistant director of the safety and health division of the Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I), has been elected chairman of the Occupational Safety and Health State Plan Association. The association includes 26 states and territories that run their own workplace safety and health programs rather than rely on the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The association works directly with top federal safety and health officials to help craft national policies affecting employers in their states prior to policies being issued under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Cant, a certified industrial hygienist and a native of Everett who now resides in Olympia, is acting assistant director of the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act program at L&I. As chairman of the state plan association, Cant said he plans to continue the organization’s efforts to maintain as much flexibility as possible for members, which will allow for the most cost-effective and efficient use of limited state resources.

Cant’s chairmanship is for two years. He previously served as the association’s chairman from 1997-1999.

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For media information: Steve Pierce, 360-902-5412, or piet235@LNI.wa.gov or visit the L&I News and Media Center at www.lni.wa.gov/News.

Fax transmittal number: 360-902-5420

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