The California Department of Industrial Relations announced earlier this month that Ellen Widess had resigned effective immediately from her position as Chief of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health. No specific reason was given for her resignation, according to the California OSHA Blog.
Widess was seen by employers as fostering a divisive atmosphere in California’s safety and health community, seeking to punish “bad” employers while doing little to encourage good ones. A strong supporter of Fed/OSHA Chief Dr. David Michaels, Widess followed his lead in seeking changes to California’s VPP-Construction program which were intended to eliminate current members from the program and to discourage construction contractors from seeking VPP certification, according to the California OSHA Blog. Continue reading