Occupational Safety Division Director
Sam Salazar serves as director of Occupational Safety. In this capacity, he is responsible for directing and overseeing all activities of the division. This includes compliance with laws and regulations related to worker's compensation, industrial hygiene, driver safety, hazard communication, torts and liability, and occupational safety functions. Salazar 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. He began his career with TxDOT as a summer employee in 1997 and has steadily progressed in his career as a safety professional.
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, holds various safety certifications and is a member of the North American Association of Transportation Safety and Health Officials.