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ASSE Statement on Confirmation of New Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA

Posted in on Fri, Dec 4, 2009

Des Plaines, IL (December 4, 2009) — “The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) looks forward to working with Assistant Secretary Michaels. He brings unique capabilities and an outlook that seems willing to try new approaches to advancing occupational safety and health and an interest in reaching out to safety, health and environmental professionals, which ASSE members appreciate. ASSE is pleased that the leadership team at OSHA is now in place so our members can understand the directions OSHA will be moving,” ASSE President C. Christopher Patton, CSP, said today following last night’s confirmation by the U.S. Senate of Dr. David Michaels as Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

It is reported that Dr. Michaels will be sworn in next week. He is an epidemiologist with extensive experience in research, regulatory and public policy, and program administration and is currently research professor and interim chair in the department of environmental and occupational health at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, and directs the department’s doctoral program.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. ASSE’s more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. Go to for more information.

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