Today’s New York Times editorials include a ringing endorsement of President Obama’s choice of David Michaels to head the Occupational Safety and Health Administration:
David Michaels, a research professor and occupational health expert at the George Washington University School of Public Health, seems just the right man to steer the agency back toward an emphasis on protecting workers after eight years of lax oversight and favoritism to industry under the Bush administration.
Although we here at GW were pleasantly surprised to see this editorial today, it’s not really so surprising. The New York Times editorial board is clearly well aware of the problem of inaction at OSHA — check out their April 2007Â “Crippling Government from Within” or August 2008 “Long Overdue Crane Safety.”
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Vivian Cheng at Science Progress also has a nice write-up of David’s work.