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Trade News Release: OSHA: 98-7
Wednesday, December 17, 1998
Contact: Bonnie Friedman, (202) 693-1999
Jeffress Fills Important Positions to Move Agency Forward


Moving to fill key positions that will strengthen future activities of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Charles N. Jeffress today announced appointment of six senior OSHA executives.

They are Richard E. Fairfax, who becomes Director of Compliance Programs; Cheryle A. Greenaugh, Director of Information Technology; Marthe B. Kent, Director of Safety Standards Programs; Ruth E. McCully, Regional Administrator for Region I, which covers the New England states; Dr. Henry E. (Hank) Payne, Director, Office of Training and Education; and Ross Eisenbrey, Director of Policy.

"These high-caliber men and women will provide essential leadership and experience in carrying out OSHA's mission of making workplaces safe and healthful for all American workers. I am delighted that they have agreed to assume these very important posts to assist in moving the agency forward to meet the occupational safety and health challenges of the next century," Jeffress said.

As Director of Compliance Programs, Fairfax will represent the assistant secretary in development of major OSHA enforcement policies and goals, including attaining consistency in implementing those policies. He is a 21-year veteran of OSHA and has been Deputy Director of Compliance Programs since June 1996. Before that, he was a senior industrial hygienist in the Office of Health Compliance Assistance and held various positions in the Seattle, Wash., regional office and the Concord, N.H., and Savannah, Ga., area offices.

As Director of Information Technology, Greenaugh will be managing a program that includes statistical and data collection for enforcement and compliance assistance; electronic communications, OSHA's presence on the Internet; an integrated performance measurement system, and the OSHA Computerized Information System. Greenaugh has more than 20 years of professional experience with government, scientific and commercial agencies. She has been a program manager for Affiliated Computer Services (formerly Computer Data Systems, Inc.), Rockville, Md., since Sept 1992, responsible for managing important computerized programs for a number of government departments.

As Director of Safety Standards Programs, Kent will be responsible for the development and promulgation of safety standards to protect workers from electric and electronic, fire, explosion, mechanical, maritime, and other occupational hazards. She has been Director of the Office of Regulatory Analysis since December 1994 and before that was President and Chief Executive Officer of Meridian Research, Inc., Silver Spring, Md., a company that did extensive consulting work for OSHA and other government agencies on development of standards, regulations and other agency activities. She has had more than 20 years of experience planning, developing and evaluating OSHA health and safety standards.

As Region I Regional Administrator in Boston, Mass., McCully will direct federal OSHA activities in the states of Connecticut (which has a state program covering state and local government employees only), Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont (which has a state program). She has been with OSHA since 1979, serving as Acting Information Technology Director since July 1997 and before that in various managerial positions in the Directorate of Health Standards, Office of Health Compliance Assistance, Office of Field Coordination, and Office of Federal Agency Programs.

As Director of the Office of Training and Education, Dr. Payne will direct national safety and health training and education programs and oversee direction of the OSHA Training Institute in Des Plaines, Ill., as well as administer training and education grants to nonprofit organizations. Since Sept. 1995 he has been program manager for the Interactive Video Teletraining (IVT) Training Program of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and before that served in various training management positions with the FAA and the U.S. Army, as well as on the faculty of Oklahoma City University.

As Director of Policy, Eisenbrey, who has had two decades of experience with the Department of Labor and on Capitol Hill, will handle legislative and inter-governmental activities of the agency as well as planning and evaluation, and regulatory matters. Since 1993, Eisenbrey has been Associate Director for Worker Protection Programs in the Department of Labor's Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs. Before that he served as counsel for Senate and House committees dealing with labor, human resources, and education, the Post Office and Civil Service, and as legislative director for U.S. Rep. William D. Ford of Michigan. He is a graduate of Middlebury College (Middlebury, Vt.) and the University of Michigan Law School.

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