Trade News Release
Thursday, March 18, 1999
Contact: Michael Fluharty (202) 693-1999
JEFFRESS ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF RAYMOND DAVIS LAYNE AS OSHA DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY
Charles N. Jeffress, Assistant Secretary of Labor for occupational safety and health (OSHA)
today announced the appointment of Raymond Davis Layne as Deputy Assistant Secretary of
Labor for OSHA.
Layne, a 28-year veteran of OSHA, comes to Washington after having served for the
past ten years as the agency's southeastern Regional Administrator in Atlanta.
"Davis has more than three decades of safety and health experience with both OSHA and the
U.S. Army Materiel Command," said Jeffress, "and we are fortunate to have him on the OSHA
team. I intend to use his knowledge and experience to further enhance the agency's mandate of
safe and healthful workplaces for America's workers."
As Deputy Assistant Secretary, Layne will work with the Assistant Secretary and others on
agency policy, oversight and management. His primary focus, however, will be on OSHA's
enforcement program and compliance assistance activities conducted by the agency's field
Layne launched his health and safety career in 1967 with the U.S. Army Materiel Command
at offices in Pennsylvania and Colorado. His tenure with OSHA started in 1971 as a compliance
officer in Houston. He has served as area director in Lubbock, Tex., Oklahoma City
and Houston. Prior to his 1989 appointment in Atlanta, Layne was OSHA's deputy regional
administrator in Dallas.
A native of Columbia, Tenn., Layne attended Alaska Methodist University and earned his
baccalaureate in 1967 from Western State College, Gunnison, Colo. in industrial education.
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