Leslie Ptak Honored with Wisconsin Safety Council Lifetime Achievement Award Following Retirement from OSHA

Wisconsin Safety Council – the state’s leading provider of safety training and products – announced on Monday that Leslie Ptak is being honored with the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her dedication, commitment and years of service to the safety industry.

Ptak spent her entire career with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. She began as a summer intern and was later hired as a full-time industrial hygiene compliance officer at the Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania area office.

Her more than 30-year career also included stops in California, Illinois and eventually Wisconsin serving in both enforcement and compliance assistance roles. Ptak holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health Sciences and Industrial Hygiene from Illinois State University and retired from OSHA earlier this year.

“Leslie has been a tremendous partner of Wisconsin Safety Council for a number of years,” said Barb Deans, Wisconsin Safety Council Associate Director. “Her commitment to the safety profession is exemplary.”

Over her career that spanned six presidential administrations, Ptak oversaw the rollout of many vital OSHA standards and was part of the OSHA team that went to the World Trade Center after 9/11 to implement a safety plan for workers who had to enter the site.

Ptak also served on the WSC Conference Planning and Occupational Safety committees for numerous years.

“I can think of no one more deserving of this honor,” added Deans. “We wish Leslie a wonderful, happy and safe retirement.”

Ptak will be presented with the Wisconsin Safety Council Lifetime Achievement Award at the organizations upcoming Annual Conference in Wisconsin Dells from Sept. 1-2.


For more information, please contact:
Nick Novak, 608-661-6916

Wisconsin Safety Council