Trade News Release
September 13, 1999
CONTACT: Bill Wright
PHONE: (202) 693-1999
JEFFRESS ANNOUNCES SELECTION OF CHARLES CORTINOVIS AS HEAD OF OSHA'S OFFICE OF OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Charles N. Jeffress today announced the selection of Dr. Charles R. Cortinovis to head OSHA's Office of Occupational Medicine. Dr. Cortinovis comes to OSHA after having served as a medical officer with the Food and Drug Administration.
"I am personally pleased, and the agency is fortunate, to have someone with the experience, background and knowledge in occupational medicine as Charles Cortinovis joining the OSHA team," said Jeffress. "I'm delighted he's agreed to accept this very important post to help move the agency forward to meet the occupational safety and health challenges of the next century."
Dr. Cortinovis, board certified in occupational medicine and anesthesiology, joined OSHA on August 30 following 18 months of service with FDA. Prior to his FDA service, Dr. Cortinovis practiced Occupational Medicine in the Pittsburgh area and anesthesiology at Washington Hospital, Washington, PA.
"My interest and affection for this agency exists for many reasons," Cortinovis explained. "However, there's none more important than my personal knowledge that this agency does make a difference for America's workers.
"I worked the coke ovens in the Pennsylvania steel mills in the 1960s," he said, "before there was an OSHA. I remember the horrendous working conditions we were under when there was no safety and health protection for workers. Now, three decades later, the improvements made for those same workers -- because of this agency -- are overwhelming. I'm proud to now be a part of it and I look forward to contributing to the continued well-being of our Nation's workers."
Cortinovis will oversee an office of four full-time and two part-time physicians, one health scientist, and other support personnel. His office, under the direction of the Directorate of Technical Support, is tasked with providing medical, toxicologic and epidemiologic technical support to OSHA compliance officers and the National Office staff, particularly the Directorates of Health Standards, Safety Standards, Compliance Programs and Federal-State Operations.
The Office also provides direct service to workers, the public, employees, unions and health professionals through lectures, publications, electronic media and phone consultations.
A native of Pittsburgh, Dr. Cortinovis received his baccalaureate from Penn State University in 1969. Drafted in the U.S. Army in 1969, he served in Vietnam from 1970-1971. He received his medical degree from Temple University in 1976 and his Masters of Public Health degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1996.
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