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OSHA Trade Release
Date: Dec. 10, 2004
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999


OSHA Administrator Announces Personnel Shifts
R. Davis Layne to Retire as Deputy Assistant Secretary, Headed to VPPPA

WASHINGTON -- John Henshaw, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health (OSHA), today announced three executive personnel moves beginning with the impending retirement of R. Davis Layne, deputy assistant secretary. Layne will retire from the federal government effective Dec. 31, 2004 after more than 37 years of government service. In January, he will take the reins of the Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association (VPPPA) as its executive director.

"Throughout his entire career here at OSHA, Davis has been a key force in the agency's development and advancement in improving workplace safety and health," Henshaw said. "As a compliance officer, area director, regional administrator and, most recently, my deputy, his guidance and counsel and leadership have helped ensure that OSHA fulfills its mission in reducing workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses. Employers and workers throughout this nation are all recipients of his significant contributions to their safety and health on the job."

Henshaw also announced the appointment of Steven F. Witt as acting deputy assistant secretary. Witt is currently the director of OSHA's Directorate of Standards and Guidance, which develops standards, regulations and guidance to address significant workplace risks. Dorothy Dougherty, currently deputy director of standards and guidance, will become acting director.

"We're fortunate to be able to have the caliber of professionals like Steve and Dorothy who can move up and assume even more important responsibilities within the agency," Henshaw said. "Their experience and long history within the safety and health community will only strengthen and improve OSHA's operation."

Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.


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