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Appointment, reappointment made to Board of Health and Safety Compliance and Appeals

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Judd Van Coppenolle, of Adrian, and the reappointment of Kevin Lepak, of West Bloomfield, to theBoard of Health and Safety Compliance and Appeals.

The seven-member board reviews all contested Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) cases, including safety and health citations, orders and appeals.

"These individuals are experienced health and safety professionals," said Snyder. "I am confident they will work to ensure fairness and accountability in the compliance and appeal process."

Van Coppenolle is the business manager and financial secretary for Local 333 Plumbers and Pipefitters, where he oversees the daily business affairs and operations of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union 333. Van Coppenolle is a licensed plumber and earned a bachelor’s degree in management and organizational development from Spring Arbor University.He will represent labor in the general industry and replaces John Reilly.

Lepak is a process safety management coordinator for Marathon Petroleum Co., where he has worked since 1993. Previously, he served as an environmental supervisor, an advanced health, environment and safety professional and an environmental science and technology project manager. Lepak is former president and board member of the Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals and is a current member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association. He earned a bachelor's degree in biological sciences and a master's degree in industrial hygiene, both from Wayne State University. He will continue to represent management in the general industry.

Members serve four-year terms expiring March 18, 2018. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.