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U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao Announces New Appointments at OSHA

OSHA press release

Washington, DC, Dec 14, 2004

U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao announced today that Jonathan L. Snare has been appointed the deputy assistant secretary for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Secretary Chao also announced that Snare, who has worked closely with OSHA in the Solicitor's Office, will also serve as acting assistant secretary upon the departure of the current OSHA Assistant Secretary John Henshaw on Dec. 31, 2004.

"John Henshaw has been a tremendous leader at OSHA, charting a new course for the agency that has helped make workers safer and healthier than before. We want to keep the momentum going in this same direction by advancing some of the individuals who have helped achieve these results," said Chao.

Snare came to the U.S. Department of Labor in June 2003 where he served as senior advisor to the Solicitor of Labor. In that position, Snare focused on issues at OSHA as well as at other agencies including the Department's Wage and Hour Division and the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Labor, Snare was engaged in private law practice in Texas. Originally from Indianapolis, Ind., Snare received his undergraduate degree (with Distinction) from the University of Virginia and his law degree from Washington & Lee University School of Law.

Kim Lazor, special assistant to the assistant secretary, will also assume a larger role in the agency's operations. Over the last three years, Lazor has been key to OSHA's expanding compliance assistance efforts and stakeholder outreach. She previously worked on Capitol Hill and in industry and received an undergraduate degree from Indiana University and a M.B.A. from George Washington University.

In addition, R. Davis Layne, deputy assistant secretary for OSHA, has announced that he 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. Steve Witt will assume the position of acting deputy assistant secretary for OSHA as Layne moves on. Witt has been with OSHA since 1983 and is currently the director of OSHA's Directorate of Standards and Guidance.

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