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A safety advocate running a safety agency?

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Yesterday, the White House announced what oddly enough isn’t really routine in the federal government: Nomination of a very strong safety and health advocate to run the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

michaels_david.jpgPicked for the job by President Obama was David Michaels, a George Washington University epidemiologist who has in recent years specialized in exposing efforts by industry to “manufacture uncertainty” to avoid regulation.

There’s lots more about Michaels on the OSHA Underground blog here,  and some of his writings appear on The Pump Handle blog. Also check out his book, “Doubt is the Product: How Industry’s Assault on Science Threatens Your Health.”