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March 28, 2006

Steve Cant named head of state’s workplace safety and health program

TUMWATER — Steve Cant was named today to head the workplace safety and health division of the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I).

L&I Director Gary Weeks said he made his decision to appoint Cant after a nationwide search.

“I’m confident Steve is the right person to move our safety and health program forward, in partnership with business and labor,” Weeks said. “We know that most employers want to keep their workers safe and we are committed to providing them with the tools to succeed.”

Weeks said Cant will build on recent workplace-safety partnerships with the Washington State Farm Bureau and the state chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business.

“We want to have the safest workplaces in the nation so that workers don’t have to suffer injuries, or even death, on the job,” Cant said. “I’m excited about working with business and labor to develop new and innovative partnerships and to expand our consultation services in balance with our enforcement activities.”

Cant has been acting assistant director of L&I’s Washington Industrial Safety and Health division, commonly known as WISHA, for eight months. He has been with L&I since 1975, most recently as the agency’s principal liaison to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Cant currently is chairman of the Occupational Safety and Health State Plan Association. He is a certified industrial hygienist and a native of Everett who now resides in Olympia. He is a 2004 recipient of the Governor’s Distinguished Management Sustaining Leadership Award.

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

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Labor & Industries Director Gary Weeks today named Steve Cant to head the agency’s workplace safety and health division. Cant has been acting head of the division for eight months.

Weeks said he conducted a nationwide search. He said he is confident Cant is the right person to move the agency’s safety and health program forward, in partnership with business and labor.

Cant has been with L&I since 1975, most recently as the agency’s principal liaison to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. He is a certified industrial hygienist.


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