Trade News Release
Friday, March 26, 1999
Contact: Michael Fluharty (202) 693-1999
JEFFRESS ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF MARY CAROL LEWIS AS ASSOCIATE ASSISTANT SECRETARY
Assistant Secretary of Labor Charles N. Jeffress today announced the appointment of
Mary Carol Lewis, who has been serving as his Chief of Staff, to the post of Associate Assistant
Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA).
Lewis joined OSHA in April 1998 after having served as the Bureau Chief for Health
Compliance with the North Carolina Department of Labor. Lewis will continue to serve as
Jeffress' Chief of Staff.
"Mary Carol has been in the forefront of workplace health and safety since 1982 when
she began her career as a compliance officer in North Carolina," Jeffress said. "That
background, along with her proven management and leadership abilities, provides our team in
Washington with a vital link that will help ensure that all Americans can work in a healthful and
As Associate Assistant Secretary and Chief of Staff, Lewis continues to serve as a senior
member of OSHA's management team and will work with the Assistant Secretary and others on
agency policy, oversight and management. She will focus on developing and implementing
creative strategies to reduce workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities nationwide.
Lewis began her health and safety career in 1982 as a health compliance officer with the
North Carolina Department of Labor. In 1984 she was promoted to compliance supervisor
and served in that capacity until 1990 when she was appointed as Assistant Bureau Chief for
Compliance. In January 1993, Lewis was appointed Bureau Chief for Health Compliance, and
served there until her appointment as Jeffress' Chief of Staff.
During her tenure at the North Carolina Department of Labor, Lewis participated in the
development of the North Carolina Ergonomics Resource Center, and was part of the
management team that ultimately achieved State Plan final approval for the North Carolina
Occupational Safety and Health program in 1996.
A native of Sanford, N.C., Lewis earned her baccalaureate in 1977 from Meredith
College in Raleigh, N.C.. She has also participated in graduate studies at North Carolina State
University in the fields of environmental toxicology, atmospheric pollution, ergonomics and
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