I first learned of Jordan Barab by reading his blog, Confined Space. His blog has been dormant since January 24, 2007 when he joined the Committee on Education and Labor working on OSHA related legislation. You can see my comments on the shut down of his blog at A Tremendous Loss – Confined Space Closes Shop.
Last week, Barab was named Deputy Assistant Secretary for OSHA, and until a permanent OSHA Director is named, he will also be filling that role. See House Aide Jordan Barab Named Acting Head of OSHA.
I actually got to meet Jordan the last week of February at a seminar where we were both speaking. I know workplace safety is something that he is passionate about. He has always been a strong and vigorous advocate, but now moves even more to the center of the action.
Others have been quick to sing his praise, see quotes from the AFL-CIO’s director of safety and health, Peg Seminario and the Chair of the House Committee where he has been working, Rep. George Miller, here. And from the blogosphere, Effect Measure, titles it a Miracle at OSHA.