Today's News

'Regulator of the year' resurfaces

June 21, 2002
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+
Ever wonder what happens to old OSHA chiefs? Well, here's one for you: The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has selected former Assistant Secretary of Labor Charles N. Jeffress as Chief Operating Officer, the agency's senior civil service official, ending a two-and-a-half year period of interim administration.

Jeffress served as OSHA chief from 1997 to 2001. Named Business Week magazine's "Regulator of the Year" in 2001 (is that good or bad?), Jeffress is best (or worst) remembered for his role in trying to push through a controversial ergonomics standard in the waning days of the Clinton administration. The standard was later overturned by Congress.

"We are delighted that Mr. Jeffress has decided to join our management team," said Board Member Dr. Gerald Poje, CSB's interim executive. Poje called Jeffress "one of the most widely respected leaders throughout the safety community." OSHA sources say Jeffress enjoyed the rough and tumble of Washington politics, and agency staffers will tell you he was one of the friendliest and accessible of all OSHA leaders.

Before heading OSHA, Jeffress directed the North Carolina state OSHA program. He was credited with improving the standing of the agency following a disastrous workplace fire with multiple fatalities in a poultry processing plant in the state. Jeffress is a graduate of the University of North Carolina (UNC) and holds management certificates from UNC and Harvard University.

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Board is a federal agency created by Congress to determine root causes of chemical accidents and issue safety recommendations. The CSB dispatches a team of investigators to the scene of a chemical accident to perform an initial investigation. The CSB may then decide to launch a full investigation. If a full investigation is conducted, CSB investigators work to determine the root causes of the accident. From the results of its investigations and studies, the CSB issues recommendations to agencies, organizations and companies. The CSB does not assess blame or levy fines. Information about the CSB may be found at

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to ISHN.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

Scenes from the World of Safety

Sights, signs & symbols from the National Safety Congress & Expo held in San Diego, CA, September 15-18

12/11/14 11:00 am EST

Why Flame Resistant Workwear? Understanding Workplace Hazards and OSHA Compliance

By defining the leading causes of flash fires, electric arc and molten metal splatter, we will address the ways in which companies can better protect their employees from such hazards through proper staff outfitting. In the topic, we will discuss the benefits of – and recent developments to – flame-resistant workwear and what to consider when creating a program for your employees.

ISHN Magazine


2014 December

Check out ISHN's last issue of the year, which features articles about distance learning, foot protection and confined space.

Table Of Contents Subscribe


M:\General Shared\__AEC Store Katie Z\AEC Store\Images\ISHN\safetyfourth.jpg
Safety Engineering, 4th Edition

A practical, solutions-driven reference, Safety Engineering, 4th edition, has been completely revised and updated to reflect many of today’s issues in safety.

More Products

For Distributors Only - SEPTEMBER 2014

ISHN FDO SEPTEMBER 2014For Distributors Only is ISHN's niche brand standard-sized magazine supplement aimed at an audience of 2,000 U.S. distributors that sell safety products. Circulation only goes to distributors. CHECK OUT THE SEPTEMBER 2014 ISSUE OF FDO HERE


Facebook logo Twitter YouTubeLinkedIn Google + icon

ishn infographics

2012 US workplace deathsCheck out ISHN's new Infographic page! Learn more about worker safety through these interactive images. CLICK HERE to view the page.