The U.S. Senate has confirmed the nomination of Heather MacDougall, of counsel with Akerman, to serve as a commissioner of the Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission.

The OSHRC is an independent federal agency that decides contested citations or penalties resulting from OSHA inspections of American workplaces.

MacDougall, who works in Akerman’s West Palm Beach office, was nominated by President Barack Obama last Nov. 21. She has worked at Akerman since 2012 and previously served as chief legal counsel and special adviser to the chairman of the OSHRC from 2002 to 2003.

“This appointment is a significant honor, and we couldn’t be more proud of Heather,” James Bramnick, Akerman’s labor and employment chair, said in a statement. “I am confident that she will bring the same level of dedication that she demonstrated while serving Akerman’s clients to her new role with the Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission.”