Quinlan Appointed to Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board

Photo: Patricia QuinlanPatricia Quinlan

Patricia Quinlan’s appointment to the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board was announced by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in February 2013.

The seven-member Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board is the standard-setting agency within the Cal/OSHA program. Its mission is to promote, adopt and maintain reasonable and enforceable standards that will ensure a safe and healthful workplace for California workers.

“Patty is a well-trained and highly experienced industrial hygienist who has taught workplace exposure assessment to a generation of occupational medicine physician, occupational health nurse, and industrial hygiene trainees at both UCSF and UC Berkeley,” notes COEH Director John Balmes.  

“The Governor has made an outstanding choice in appointing Patty to the Board,” adds Balmes. “She understands the risks workers face on the job and will endeavor to reduce those risks, but in a pragmatic way that will not hurt the recovering California economy."

Quinlan has been the deputy director of COEH since 2011. She has held multiple positions at UCSF since 1987 including academic coordinator, industrial hygienist and clinical professor in the School of Nursing.

Quinlan is a member of the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene, American Industrial Hygiene Association, American Public Health Association, and American Conference of Government Industrial Hygienists. She received her Master of Public Health degree from UC Berkeley in 1982.

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