Cant To Head Washington Workplace Safety and Health Division

March 29, 2006

Following a nationwide search, Steve Cant has been named to lead the workplace safety and health division of Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries (L&I).

“I’m confident Steve is the right person to move our safety and health program forward, in partnership with business and labor,” L&I Director Gary Weeks said. He said Cant will build on recent workplace-safety partnerships with the Washington State Farm Bureau and the state chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business.

Cant has been acting assistant director of L&I’s Washington Industrial Safety and Health division, commonly known as WISHA, for eight months. He has been with L&I since 1975, most recently as the agency’s principal liaison to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Cant currently is chairman of the Occupational Safety and Health State Plan Association. He is a certified industrial hygienist and a native of Everett who now resides in Olympia, Wash. He is a 2004 recipient of the Governor’s Distinguished Management Sustaining Leadership Award.

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