Chief Operating Officer
Thursday, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Who Do You Work Safely For?
Mr. Hawkins began his career in occupational safety and health in 1986 as an occupational safety specialist with the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration. In 1999, he was appointed to the Assistant Administrator position. In 2012, Steve was appointed Administrator of the agency.
In his position as Administrator, Steve managed the day-to-day operations of Tennessee OSHA, supervising eight (8) managers with various program responsibilities. He led both the Compliance and Consultation programs. Steve also served as the liaison between the state's OSHA program and federal OSHA. He served five (5) terms on the Federal Advisory Committee for Construction Safety and Health.
In 2020, after serving sixteen (16) months as deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Steve left the department to join FDRsafety. He leads a team of safety and health professionals who consult with employers and labor organizations on workplace safety and health issues, compliance challenges, safety culture improvement. Steve frequently serves as an expert witness and presents topics at regional and national conferences.