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22nd Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Conference - return to VOSH Conference Page

General Session Speakers

  Opening Session - Mr. Richard Mendelson

Richard Mendelson started his career as a summer intern Clerk at OSHA’s Long Island Area Office in 1988. He moved up through the ranks as a Safety Technician and then a Compliance Officer before being promoted to the New York Regional Office in 1996. At the Regional Office he served in Federal State Operations as a Safety Specialist and the Regional Construction Coordinator. In 2000 he was promoted to Area Director of the Manhattan Area Office, and in 2009 to Deputy Regional Administrator of OSHA Region 2. In January 2016, Richard was selected as Regional Administrator for OSHA Region 3 in Philadelphia, which covers Pennsylvania, Dela-ware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.


Mark Ames  

Closing Session - Mr. Mark Ames

Mark Ames joined AIHA in December 2016 from ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers). At ASHRAE, he co-led their DC-based Government Affairs Office, providing strategic direction in the development of their public policy priorities and representing the organization's membership to Congress, the White House, and multiple Federal Agencies, including NIOSH and OSHA. Mark has also provided direction to ASHRAE's state, local, and non-US government affairs activities. Working with their Board and leaders from 182 Chapters and over 100 technical and other commit-tees, he has played a central role in streamlining ASHRAE's govern-ment affairs activities, improving coordination, messaging, and effec-tiveness, and producing consistent results.

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