THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts) _______________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release August 27, 1997
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES CHARLES N. JEFFRESS AS ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH AT THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
President Clinton today announced his intent to nominate Charles N. Jeffress as Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health at the Department of Labor.
Charles N. Jeffress, of Raleigh, North Carolina, has served as the Deputy Commissioner and Director of OSHA at the North Carolina Department of Labor since 1993. He is responsible for developing occupational safety and health policy for the state and directing OSHA enforcement, consultation, education and training. Mr. Jeffress is widely credited with rebuilding the North Carolina OSHA division, and making the program one of the nation's best. From 1977 to 1992, Mr. Jeffress was the Assistant Commissioner at the North Carolina Department of Labor, where he oversaw program management, and policy development, including budget preparation, drafting legislation, and research. He received a B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at the Department of Labor is responsible for ensuring the safety and health of the work environment through the establishment and enforcement of work place safety standards. OSHA utilizes a comprehensive model which encourages education, training, worker dialogue, cooperative safety and health plans, and rigorous enforcement of the law.