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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! 


April R. Dorsey, Safety & Health Specialist

April R. Dorsey is the Safety and Health Specialist for the Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America in Washington, D.C. She has a B.S. in Occupational Safety & Health from Columbia Southern University and is a Certified Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST). April has spent time developing her career in the construction field as a CAD technician, project coordinator and site safety auditor. Her diverse experience has helped her develop the ability to collaborate with all personnel on a jobsite, from construction executives to new hires. April is passionate about preplanning in design and believes it is necessary for the safety and health of those who work in the field.  Her motto as a safety professional is, "be fair, firm and friendly," and her goal is for those who work in the field to always return home to their families in the same way they came to work. As a safety and health specialist for the LHSFNA, she aspires to collaborate with her colleagues to create a safe and healthful environment for all workers. April is an active member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and is currently pursuing an MBA.