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Occupational Safety and Health Division Staff


Walter Jones, MS, CIH, Division Director

Walter A. Jones is the Director of Occupational Safety and Health for the Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America in Washington, DC. He has a B.S. from Brockport State University and Masters Degree in Environmental and Occupational Health Science from Hunter College, City University of New York. Walter has spent more than a decade in the labor movement working on safety and health issues that impact workers. As a safety and health specialist for the LHSFNA, he reviews and develops safety and health programs for signatory contractors, responds to affiliate requests for technical information regarding environmental and occupational safety and health issues and conducts workplace inspections at the request of affiliates to evaluate and make recommendations for controls of hazards in the workplace. He also prepares written comments to OSHA and EPA regarding proposed safety and health legislation that affects the membership and testifies to their efficacy. Walter is a member of the American Public Health Association (APHA) leadership and a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).


Travis Parsons, Associate Director

Travis has over 15 years of experience working in the field of Occupational Safety and Health and has worked at the Laborers’ Health & Safety Fund of North America since 2002. Travis provides an array of safety and health services to contractors and affiliates of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) for projects throughout the United States and Canada. His main areas of focus include worker safety and health, hazard awareness and correction, ergonomics and overall site safety. Prior to working at the Fund, Travis worked at the Safety & Health Extension of West Virginia University (WVU) where he provided safety and health training, industrial hygiene services, technical assistance and applied research for small businesses in the state of West Virginia. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Physiology and a Master’s degree in Occupational Safety and Health/Industrial Hygiene, both from WVU. Go Mountaineers! 


Ryan Papariello, GSP, Health and Safety Specialist

Ryan is the Health and Safety Specialist for the Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America in Washington, DC. He has a B.S. in Safety Management from Slippery Rock University and has five years of experience working with contractors in the oil/gas and mechanical construction industries. Prior to joining the Fund, Ryan served as a Safety Director for two years and managed employee training, conducted safety inspections, implemented injury prevention practices and helped transition and education efforts following OSHA standard updates. Ryan brings this education and experience to the Fund, where he provides several services to LIUNA signatory contractors and affiliates, including reviewing and updating safety plans, conducting education and training videos and sitting on ANSI and ASSP committees.