SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) – Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood will be stepping down at the end of this month to take a position in Washington state, the Department of Human Services Services announced on Tuesday. consumers and businesses in Oregon.
The ministry said it expects to appoint an interim administrator for the occupational health and safety division soon, with national recruitment slated for the post.
“Michael has dedicated his career to public service, ably led OSHA Oregon through many challenges and leaves behind a strong team of highly skilled professionals who are ready to take on new challenges,” said Andrew Stolfi , director of DCBS. “We will miss him and wish him good luck as he enters a new phase of his impressive career in public service. “
Wood’s last day with OSHA Oregon is October 22. He accepted a position of deputy director of operations for the office of the commissioner of insurance in Washington state.
Wood was a director of Oregon OSHA for 16 years. Prior to joining the State of Oregon in his current position, he worked for the Washington State Department of Labor and Industry for more than two decades.
Wood, a certified safety professional and graduate from Gonzaga University, said Oregon has made its workplace health and safety system a success for decades.
“We have shown resilience and flexibility in the face of these extraordinary times,” he said. “I also know that I am leaving behind a team really capable of an extraordinary job.
Even as it responded quickly to the COVID-19 emergency – including adopting requirements to protect workers – Oregon OSHA continued to advance its long-standing work on high-risk industries and various programs. security priorities. For decades, the division’s efforts – part of a larger system in Oregon focused on safe and healthy workplaces – have helped reduce rates of workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths. from Oregon.
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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces state occupational safety and health regulations and strives to improve the occupational safety and health of all workers in the Oregon. For more information, visit osha.oregon.gov.