Over his 35 year career many of the employees that he met on day one are still with the organization today. They became family with a common goal.
Dean was fortunate enough to be able to work through the ranks of the organization eventually achieving the position of Regional Administrator, one of 10 senior executive positions that manage the OSHA organization throughout the United States. His region was the Dallas region, including 5 states, 12 offices and 275 employees.
Prior to being selected as Regional Administrator, Dean served as special assistant to the top executive/head for OSHA in Washington D.C. During that time, he led the effort to overhaul her 1990 database and computer system.
He realized the value of collecting and managing data, and subsequent analysis in
identifying injury and illness trends and emerging hazards. This would allow for earlier interventions by OSHA in order to prevent injuries.
A notable experience earlier in his career was the honor of serving on a Board of Experts for the International Labor Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. The experts developed a code of practice which was recommended for all countries to follow in order to prevent major explosions and catastrophes associated with chemical facilities and refineries.
Later Dean served as a representative to the international labor organization to adopt the code of practice as an international instrument, sort of like a treaty.
The ILO did adopt the code and it is now implemented in many countries throughout the world.
Dean is survived by his parents, Dean and Helen McDaniel of Chickasha; one sister, Linda Olsenius of Salem, Oregon; one brother, Kurt McDaniel of Midwest City, Okla.; and partner, Randel Wright of Dallas, Texas.
Interment will be in the Fairlawn Cemetery under the direction of Sevier Funeral Home.