The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has named Dean McKenzie as the new director of the agency’s Directorate of Construction. McKenzie previously served as director of OSHA’s Office of Construction Services from 2012-2013, moved into the role of deputy director of the Directorate of Construction in 2013, and has been its acting director since January, 2016.

McKenzie brings 40+ years of experience in the field of construction, and has an exceptional understanding of the safety and health issues facing the industry. He began his career in the steel mills of Gary, Indiana, as a journeyman millwright in the mid-1970s. He has been a licensed general contractor, business owner and project and operations manager in construction, particularly industrial, in Indiana, Florida, Colorado and the Caribbean.


Among McKenzie’s many accomplishments in his seven years with OSHA are addressing fatalities in the communication tower industry, building a strong relationship with the Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health, and taking a lead role in the Stand Down to Prevent Falls in Construction campaign.

The Directorate of Construction serves as the principal source for occupational safety and health standards, regulations, policy, programs and assistance to OSHA, other Federal Agencies, the construction industry and the general public, to ensure safe working conditions for U.S. construction workers.

For more information on the Directorate of Construction, visit OSHA’s About DOC web page.

The OSHA Training Center is offering a wide range of year-end OSHA safety classes for the construction industry, including:

OSHA 510 – OSHA Standards for the Construction Industry

  • October 25-28 | Lakewood, CA
  • November 1-4 | Dublin, CA

OSHA 500 – Trainer Course for the Construction Industry

  • November 7-10 | Guam
  • November 7-17 | Phoenix, AZ
  • November 12-December 18 | Dublin, CA
  • November 14-17 | Lakewood, CA
  • November 29-December 2 | Sacramento, CA
  • December 12-15 | Dublin, CA

OSHA 5109 – Cal/OSHA Standards for the Construction Industry

  • November 7-10 | Dublin, CA

OTC 107 – OSHA 30 Hour Outreach Training for Construction

  • November 7-10 | Santa Rosa, CA