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Michaels David

E-mail: drdavidmichaels@gmail.com

David Michaels, PhD, MPH is an epidemiologist with extensive experience in research, regulatory and public policy, and program administration. Dr. Michaels served as the United States Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health from 2009 to 2017, the longest serving Assistant Secretary in OSHA's history.
As Assistant Secretary, Dr. Michaels worked to strengthen the agency's enforcement in high risk industries, improve OSHA's whistleblower protection program, promote common sense worker protection programs and standards, expand compliance assistance provided to small employers, and increase outreach to the vulnerable populations who are at greatest risk for work-related injury and illness. He also increased OSHA's focus and capabilities in the areas of data analysis and program evaluation.
Under his leadership, OSHA issued new health standards protecting workers exposed to silica and beryllium, and new safety regulations on fall protection, confined spaces, cranes and derricks, shipyards and electricity generation and distribution. Dr. Michaels updated OSHA's injury and illness surveillance and tracking requirements, making workplace amputations and hospitalizations sentimental health events that now must be reported to OSHA.
Dr. Michaels served as the US Department of Energy's Assistant Secretary for Environment, Safety and Health, 1998-2001. In this position, he had primary responsibility for protecting the health and safety of workers, the neighboring communities and the environment surrounding the US nuclear weapons facilities. Dr. Michaels was the chief architect of the historic initiative to compensate workers in the nuclear weapons complex who developed cancer or lung disease as a result of exposure to radiation, beryllium and other hazards. Since its enactment in 2000, the program has provided more than $13 billion in benefits to sick workers and their families.
Much of Dr. Michaels' work has focused on protecting the integrity of the science underpinning public health and environmental protections. He is the author of Doubt is Their Product: How Industry's Assault on Science Threatens Your Health (Oxford University Press, 2008), as well as articles in Science, JAMA, Scientific American, the International Journal of Epidemiology, the American Journal of Public Health and numerous other journals.
Dr. Michaels received the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award for his work on behalf of nuclear weapons workers and for his advocacy for scientific integrity. He is also the recipient of the American Public Health Association's David P. Rall Award for Advocacy in Public Health, and the John P. McGovern Science and Society Award given by Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society.
Dr. Michaels is a graduate of the City College of New York, and holds a PhD and MPH from Columbia University


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