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Kirk Sander

Vice President, Safety and Standards


Mr. Sander comes to the National Waste and Recycling Association from the National Safety Council, where he was a member of the government affairs team working on workplace safety, road safety, and fighting the opioid crisis.


Before joining the National Safety Council, Mr. Sander was chief of staff at OSHA. As Chief of OSHA, Mr. Sander worked to promote and improve workers lives by advising the Assistant secretary, engaging with companies and associations, building coalitions domestically and internationally. He brings a wealth of knowledge of not only OSHA and the safety industry.


Mr. Sander was employed at the White House and other federal agencies. Prior to joining the White House, Mr. Sander was special assistant to the director, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement at the Department of the Interior. In that position, he worked on a wide variety of issues regarding the oil and gas industry, emergency response, and continuity of operations.  He also worked at NASA where he advised the chief of staff and other top leadership on communications strategy, and managed the day-to-day operations of a high level presidential task force.


Mr. Sander has a Bachelor of Arts degree in environmental geoscience and a Master of Science degree in environmental science and policy.