Two members of the LHSFNA Occupational Safety and Health Division were recently appointed as members of respected advisory committees. Walter Jones joined OSHA’s Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) while Scott Schneider was reappointed to NIOSH’s Board of Scientific Counselors.

“Service on advisory committees is one of the ways that our Fund’s professionals help shape rules, procedures and standards that eventually influence the way work gets done all across the country,” says LIUNA General Secretary Treasurer and LHSFNA Labor Co-Chairman Armand E. Sabitoni, who also congratulated Jones and Schneider on their appointments. “These committees help develop and promote the nation’s best safety practices.”

The ACCSH appointed Jones, the LHSFNA’s Associate Director of Occupational Safety and Health, to serve as a member for a two-year term. ACCSH works closely with OSHA to develop safety standards and practices for the construction industry. Regarding the appointment, Jones says, “I look forward to this opportunity to represent the Fund, LIUNA, our signatory contractors and construction workers by providing advice to the agency on effective ways to protect workers and create safer work sites.”

Meanwhile, Schneider, the LHSFNA’s Director of Occupational Safety and Health, was reappointed to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s Board of Scientific Counselors. As a member of the Board, Schneider joins other occupational safety and health experts in advising the Director of NIOSH on the Institute’s programs. He has served on the board since February 2005.

“I’ve enjoyed working on the Board these past three years,” Schneider says. “Under [NIOSH Director] John Howard, the Board became very active. NIOSH has a very important job within the occupational safety and health community, and the Board members have really helped improve what NIOSH does.” Noting the backlash that arose last summer when the Bush Administration failed to extend Howard’s term, Schneider adds, “I look forward to continuing our work under the new administration.”

To learn more about the Fund’s Occupational Safety and Health Division, visit its special section on our web site.

[Jennifer E. Jones]