Appointment of New Director at OSHA’s Directorate of Construction Announced by the OSHA Training Center at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District

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Dean McKenzie Touted for 40+ Years of Construction Industry Experience and an Exceptional Understanding of Safety and Health Issues

Cari Elofson, Assistant Director

Cari Elofson, Assistant Director

Dean McKenzie brings over 40 years of experience in the field of construction, and has an exceptional understanding of the safety and health issues facing the industry.

The OSHA Training Center at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District, the only authorized OSHA Training Institute Education Center headquartered in Northern California, has announced the appointment of Dean McKenzie as the new director of OSHA’s Directorate of Construction. McKenzie previously served as director of OSHA's Office of Construction Services from 2012-2013, assumed the role of deputy director of the Directorate of Construction in 2013, and has been its acting director since January, 2016.

“Dean McKenzie brings over 40 years of experience in the field of construction, and has an exceptional understanding of the safety and health issues facing the industry,” said Cari Elofson, assistant director of the OSHA Training Center at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District. “During his tenure at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, he has taken a leading role in the annual ‘Stand Down to Prevent Falls in Construction’ campaign, one of the agency’s major safety initiatives.”

Dean McKenzie began his career in the steel mills of Gary, Indiana, as a journeyman millwright in the mid-1970s. He has been a licensed general contractor, business owner and project and operations manager in construction, particularly industrial, in Indiana, Florida, Colorado and the Caribbean. Among his many accomplishments in his seven years with OSHA are addressing fatalities in the communication tower industry and building a strong relationship with the Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health.

OSHA’s Directorate of Construction serves as the principal source for occupational safety and health standards, regulations, policy, programs and assistance to the agency as well as other federal agencies, the construction industry and the general public, to ensure safe working conditions for U.S. construction workers. For more information on the Directorate of Construction, visit OSHA’s About DOC web page.

The OSHA Training Center is offering a wide range of year-end OSHA safety classes for the construction industry, including OSHA 510 - OSHA Standards for the Construction Industry, OSHA 500 - Trainer Course for the Construction Industry, OSHA 5109 - Cal/OSHA Standards for the Construction Industry and OTC 107 - OSHA 30-Hour Outreach Training for Construction. Visit the Classes by Date web page for more information.

About the OSHA Training Center

The OSHA Training Center at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District offers high quality Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) standards-based training for construction, maritime and general industry in Dublin, California, conveniently located in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as locations throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and Guam. Programs offered include OSHA safety standards, Outreach Trainer courses, Cal/OSHA standards and customized on-site safety training. For more information, including a complete course schedule, visit the OSHA Training Center website or call (866) 936-OSHA (6742).

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