Judith Freyman Appointed to the Cal/OSHA Appeals Board

August 3, 2012 - Governor Brown today appointed Judith Freyman to the management seat on the Cal/OSHA Appeals Board.  Freyman has been a principal and western operations director at Mercer/ORC Worldwide since 2001.  She held multiple positions at ConAgra Refrigerated Prepared Foods from 1979 to 2001, including assistant general counsel and corporate counsel.  Freyman was corporate counsel at the Jewel Corporation from 1977 to 1979.  She earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  This position requires Senate confirmation.

The Cal/OSHA Appeals Board is a quasi-judicial three member board that is required to have a member from the labor community, a member from the employer community (the management seat), and a public member.  It handles employer appeals of Cal/OSHA citations and is an important board because its rulings on cases can be used as precedent on future cases that come before it.  These rulings can have a direct effect on the enforcement of health and safety laws and regulations at construction and other types of job sites.

The other two members of the Board are Art Carter, who acts as Chairman of the Board and is the appointee to the labor seat, and Ed Lowry who sits in the public member seat.

For further information on this appointment, or if you have questions about it or Cal/OSHA in general please contact Deputy Legislative Director Jeremy Smith at 916-443-3302 or at:  [email protected]

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