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National News Release: 04-2482
December 8, 2004
Contact: Al Belsky       Pamela Groover
Phone: 202-693-1999       202-693-4676


U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Announces His Plans for Departure
Leaves behind a legacy of accomplishments and strong safety record

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao announced today the resignation of Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health John L. Henshaw. Henshaw is departing his post at the Department of Labor on December 31, 2004.

"As head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, John Henshaw has demonstrated outstanding leadership, great wisdom and sincere concern for the safety and health of America's workers," said Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao. "John's efforts have been instrumental in creating safer and more healthful workplaces. Under his leadership, workplace fatalities have declined to record lows, and fatalities among Hispanic workers, which had been increasing since 1995, have been reduced by nearly 12 percent since 2001."

Henshaw was nominated by President George W. Bush to head OSHA on June 13, 2001 and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 3, 2001. During his administration, OSHA has pursued a vigorous program of firm and fair enforcement, combined with outreach, education, and compliance assistance to reduce the number of fatalities, injuries and illnesses in workplaces covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act. The agency has consistently exceeded inspection goals, and created hundreds of alliances and partnerships with business, labor and community groups to foster safety and health. Because of these efforts, there are now more than 1,100 sites in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program, more than 200 Strategic Partnerships Program sites and nearly 200 Alliances. More than 350 of these cooperative programs involve unions, which is an all-time high.

Before his appointment, Henshaw had more than 26 years' experience directing environmental, safety and health programs in the chemical industry, and served as president of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, and as a bio-environmental engineer in the U.S. Air National Guard.

Henshaw received his master's degree in environmental health administration and industrial health from the University of Michigan in 1974 and his undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University.

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