STONINGTON — Donald Raffo of Stonington has been appointed chairman of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Maritime Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health by U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. The committee advises OSHA on matters relevant to the safety and health of employees in the maritime industry, with the aim of improving enforcement, training, outreach programs, and regulations. The maritime industry includes shipyard employment, longshoring, marine terminals, commercial fishing, and shipbreaking.
The committee is composed of individuals from across the country representing government, worker interests, employer interests, and professional organizations. Raffo will oversee all of the committee’s maritime industry groups. Previously, he was chairman of the shipyard advisory group.
Raffo works as a marine chemist at General Dynamics-Electric Boat in Groton. He is is past chairman of the Marine Chemist Association and currently oversees training for the association. He serves on the National Fire Protection Association technical committees for the control of gas hazards on vessels and fire protection for vessels during construction, conversion, repair and layup.