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Occupational Safety Division Director

Sam Salazar

Sam Salazar serves as director of Occupational Safety. In this capacity, he is responsible for directing and overseeing all activities of the division, including compliance with laws and regulations related to workers compensation, hazard communication, torts and safety.

He is also responsible for overseeing the planning, development and implementation of strategies and initiatives to achieve Mission Zero, TxDOT’s goal to operate with zero injuries or incidents.

Salazar began his career with TxDOT as a summer employee in 1997 and has steadily progressed in his career as a safety professional here, most recently serving as the division’s Section Director, responsible for overseeing the industrial hygiene, hazardous materials, driver safety, tort/liability and occupational safety functions.

Salazar received his bachelor’s in business administration from Texas A&M International University in 2004. He is a licensed all-lines adjuster in Texas and holds various safety certifications. He currently serves as member of the AGC/TxDOT Safety Committee. He is also a member of the North American Association of Transportation Safety and Health Officials (NAATSHO), currently serving as Region 4 Director.