Region 2 News Release: NY 226
November 27, 2000
Contact: Chester J. Fultz
OSHA APPOINTS COMPLIANCE SPECIALIST IN NEW YORK
TO HELP BUSINESSES MEET SAFETY AND HEALTH STANDARDS
Gordon DeLeys, assistant area director of the Buffalo, New York Occupational Safety and Health Administration office, has been named as compliance assistance specialist for the area of New York State from Albany to Buffalo. Mr. DeLeys' responsibility will be to assure that large and small businesses within 55 counties receive the technical assistance they need to comply with OSHA safety and health standards.
"We have a responsibility as an enforcement agency to educate employers and employees about what is required of them to maintain a safe and healthful workplace", Patricia K. Clark, regional OSHA administrator said in announcing the appointment. "This outreach effort to the business community is a very important step toward achieving greater compliance with OSHA regulations, thereby providing an increased measure of protection for the workers in New York State."
DeLeys, who has served for 15 years with OSHA in New York, will work with labor and industry associations, as well as municipal and state agencies, to reach as many employers as possible throughout the state. He will also be responsible for building upon existing partnerships with trade groups, including the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC), as well as the New York State Department of Transportation, the New York State Thruway Authority, the New York State Police, schools, labor and trade organizations, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, to secure greater awareness of and compliance with OSHA regulations.
"I really have one goal", DeLeys said "and that is to help make New York the safest state in the country in which to work. We have the model already in place-the establishment of the ABC Platinum Partnership Agreement here in upstate New York which OSHA developed together with its labor and industry partners to reduce worker deaths, injuries and illnesses by 3% annually during construction projects. We want to build more linkages and cooperative programs of that kind to increase our effectiveness. Both employers and employees have told us that they want to do the right thing. They need help from us understanding their responsibilities."
DeLeys has spent his entire professional career with OSHA as a compliance officer in the Buffalo area office, where he was named assistant area director for health compliance in 1988. Prior to coming to OSHA, he worked at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY performing research in the areas of cytogenetics and medical oncology. He also worked as a chemist at the former Spencer Kellogg Research Center in Cheektowaga, NY.
A native of Buffalo, New York, DeLeys resides in Clarence Center with his wife and two sons.