News Release 98-1
Served as both deputy and acting assistant secretary
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1998
Contact: Frank Kane (202) 219-8151
GREG WATCHMAN TO LEAVE OSHA FOR PRIVATE LAW PRACTICE
Gregory R. Watchman is leaving his post as deputy assistant secretary
of labor for occupational safety and health in the Occupational Safety
and Health Administration (OSHA) to practice law with a Washington,
D.C., law firm.
Watchman will leave OSHA at the end of September to join the firm of
Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker. His practice will include
occupational safety and health, labor and employment law, and legislative issues.
He served more than three and a half years with OSHA, including 10
months as acting assistant secretary in the period following the
departure of Joseph A. Dear and before Charles N. Jeffress took
over in November 1997.
As deputy assistant secretary, he was responsible for regulatory
policy and legislative and interagency affairs, as well as oversight
of OSHA's Health Standards, Safety Standards, Policy and Technical
While he was acting assistant secretary, OSHA promulgated important
regulations on methylene chloride, longshoring, and hazard abatement
and proposed a standard to protect workers against tuberculosis.
Assistant Secretary Jeffress said, "Greg Watchman performed invaluable
service for OSHA, particularly in leading the agency during the
interim between assistant secretaries. We all wish him well in his
Before coming to OSHA, Watchman held key staff positions with U.S.
Senate and House committees that deal with labor, occupational safety
and health and employment issues. He began his career as an associate
with the Washington, D.C., law firm of Morgan, Lewis and Bockius,
specializing in labor and employment law.