The Catholic University of America

Benjamin W. Mintz

Benjamin W. Mintz was born in Wisconsin, grew up in New York City, and has been a resident of Washington, D.C. since1959. A graduate of the Columbia Law School, he served as a U.S. government attorney for more than 20 years, completing his government service as chief attorney of the Occupational Safety and Health Division of the U.S. Department of Labor during the first decade of the OSHA program's existence. He has written extensively on OSHA, including one textbook, OSHA: History, Law and Policy, chapter contributions to several other books, and articles.

Professor Mintz also received his rabbinical ordination for Yeshiva University. He has lectured and taught on Jewish scholarly subjects, mostly related to the Hebrew Bible, before various community groups in the Washington, D.C. area, and in 1997 he received the Master Teacher Award from the Foundation for Jewish Studies of Washington, D.C. Professor Mintz teaches employment law, administrative law, law and public policy, professional responsibility, torts and Jewish law.    

Professor Mintz has also served for a number of years as the law school representative on the University's Academic Senate. In that capacity, he was chair of the Academic Senate's Committee on Committees and Rules, and a member of Executive Committee of the Senate, a member of the Committee on Appointments and Promotions, and a member of the Faculty Handbook Committee.        


Research and Writing


A Guide to Federal Agency Rulemaking. Washington, D.C.: Administrative Conference of the United States, Office of the Chairman, 1991.

OSHA: History, Law, and Policy. Washington, D.C.: Bureau of National Affairs, 1984.


"History of Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration." In Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene (4th ed.), National Safety Council.

"Development and Judicial Review of Standards" in Occupational Safety and Health Law (1999 Cumulative Supplement), the Bureau of National Affairs, 1999

"The Development of Occupational Safety and Health Standards" and "Judicial Review of Standards." In Occupational Safety and Health Law, Bureau of National Affairs, 1998.


"Administrative Separation of Functions: OSHA and NLRB." Catholic University Law Review 47 (Spring 1998): 917.

In His Words ...
"I have learned much from my teachers; I have learned even more from my colleagues; but from my students I have learned most of all."
                  - Talmud

– Benjamin W. Mintz



Office: 414 Law School
The Catholic University of America
3600 John McCormack Rd., NE
Washington, D.C. 20064

Phone: 202-319-5004



  • Election Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Employment Law


Columbia University   

Brooklyn College 


Areas of Expertise

  • Workplace safety law
  • Jewish law and studies


  • Chief Attorney, Occupational Safety and Health Division, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Master Teacher Award from the Foundation for Jewish Studies of Washington