Juliann Sum has been named acting chief of Cal/OSHA.
Sum will head the Division of Occupational Safety and Health following the resignation of Ellen Widess. Cal/OSHA is a division of the Department of Industrial Relations.
Sum will continue as special advisor to DIR Director Christine Baker.
Sum joined DIR in 3012 in the special advisor post. She served at UC Berkeley from 1994 to 2012 as project director with the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, and as a consulting attorney and industrial hygienist with the Labor Occupational Health Program. Her experience includes work as an associate attorney with the Environmental law Foundation and industrial hygienist and business representative with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245.