The President intends to nominate John Lester Henshaw to be Assistant
Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. He is presently the
Director of Environment, Safety and Health for Astaris, LLC, in St. Louis,
Missouri, and was previously the Director of Environment, Safety and Health
for Solutia, Inc. From 1975 to 1995, he was with Monsanto Company in a
variety of positions including Corporate Director of Quality and Compliance
Assurance and Corporate Stewardship for Environmental Safety and Health
and as Corporate Industrial Hygiene Director. Henshaw served for sixteen
years in the Air National Guard as a Bio-Environmental Engineer and he is a
member of numerous professional organizations. He is a graduate of
Appalachian State University and received a Master’s degree from the
University of Michigan.
Henshaw who is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers has the society’s support. In an ASSE press release, ASSE President Samuel Gualardo, CSP, said today from their annual professional development conference in Anaheim, CA, “and Mr. Henshaw is a person who is well equipped to handle this pivotal position and is committed to promoting initiatives aimed at enhancing occupational safety and health.”
Henshaw has yet to receive final approval for this position. At present, Henshaw has made no public comments regarding his position on ergonomics.