Trump Appoints Chair of Occupational Safety, Health Review Board

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By Marissa Horn

President Donald Trump appointed a new acting chair to the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission Jan. 23 in one of his first moves in the realm of worker safety.

Heather MacDougall, already a commissioner on the board, will replace Cynthia Attwood as the head of the agency. Attwood, who was appointed to the agency by President Barack Obama in 2010, will remain at the two-person commission.

MacDougall was nominated by Obama in 2013 and confirmed by the Senate in March 2014. Her term expires on April 27.

Prior to working at the agency, MacDougall worked as a labor and occupational health and safety attorney at Akerman LLP in West Palm Beach, Fla. She also served as chief legal counsel and special adviser to former Chairman W. Scott Railton in 2002 and 2003 under the second Bush administration.

A third spot on the commission has remained open since April 2015 when Chairman Thomasina V. Rogers retired after more than 16 years with the commission.

During a November 2015 interview with Bloomberg BNA, Attwood said she hoped to see a third commissioner appointed in 2016.

Earlier this week, Trump also quickly moved to appoint an acting chairman to the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission—a separate agency that also provides administrative trial and appellate review of legal disputes dealing with worker safety.

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