Tag: Dr. David Michaels

Our Lost Poet

Filed in Books that Shaped Work in America, DOL by on February 25, 2015 1 Comment
Our Lost Poet

Worlds collided when the nation’s Poet Laureate came to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It was a moment of discordance: a room filled with the scientists and engineers of OSHA – people who work in absolutes, in things measurable and provable – speaking with a man whose work was by its nature ineffable, exploring […]

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A Safe Investment

A Safe Investment

You shouldn’t have to risk your life to pursue a living. Yet every year, thousands of workers are killed and millions more are injured on the job due to unsafe working conditions. At the Labor Department, we believe that all workers deserve to feel safe and protected on the job. With this year’s budget request, we’re […]

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#IHaveRights – Protecting Teens at Work

Filed in DOL, Safety, Workplace Rights by on June 24, 2014 1 Comment
#IHaveRights – Protecting Teens at Work

Eighteen-year old Cristian Giambrone was working his regular shift at a Boston drugstore on Feb. 16, 2004, when a shoplifter pulled a knife, killing Cristian and injuring another worker. Cristian’s tragic death led the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health to seek answers. They found that most teens had not been trained on how […]

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1 Million Workers Standing Down for Safety

Filed in Safety by on June 12, 2014 0 Comments
1 Million Workers Standing Down for Safety

If there was a category in the Guinness Book of World Records for largest national worker safety event, we’re pretty sure that the National Safety Stand-Down to prevent fatal falls would take the prize! Over the course of last week, more than a million workers across the country have confirmed participation in the stand-down, and […]

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A Shared Commitment: Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security

Filed in DOL, Safety by on June 6, 2014 0 Comments
A Shared Commitment: Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security

Editor’s note: The following blog post is co-authored by Caitlin Durkovich, Assistant Secretary, Office of Infrastructure Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; David Michaels, Assistant Secretary, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor; and Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. On Aug. 1, 2013, […]

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It’s Getting Hot Out There: Preparing for Summer Heat Can Save Lives

Filed in Safety, Workplace Rights by on May 23, 2014 0 Comments
It’s Getting Hot Out There: Preparing for Summer Heat Can Save Lives

For most people, Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer signal a time for vacation, barbecues and lounging on the beach. But for some, the summer heat can be deadly. Workers in outdoor industries like agriculture, construction and transportation face serious hazards from working in the heat, including illness and death. With temperatures […]

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OSHA Protects Your Right to Speak Up at Work

Filed in DOL, Safety by on March 5, 2014 0 Comments
OSHA Protects Your Right to Speak Up at Work

Protecting whistleblowers is a big job. The Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been tasked by Congress to enforce the whistleblower provisions of 22 statutes. These laws protect workers in many industries across the nation who are brave enough to speak up when they see hazards, fraud or something that could endanger the […]

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No More Falling Workers

Filed in DOL, Safety by on February 27, 2014 0 Comments
No More Falling Workers

Last month, a maintenance worker fell to his death from a communications tower in Cameron County, Texas. The next day, two cell towers collapsed at a job site in Clarksburg, W.Va, killing two tower workers and a firefighter who responded to the collapse. Unfortunately, these deaths are not isolated incidents, but part of a disturbing […]

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Improving Hospital Safety Culture – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

Filed in DOL, Safety by on January 15, 2014 1 Comment
Improving Hospital Safety Culture – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

Every morning at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, staff from each department gather together in a conference room to begin the day the way they always do – by talking about workplace safety. One staff member is designated the new “safety officer of the day,” and the agenda includes, as always, a review of recent safety inci­dents […]

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Happy Birthday, OSHA!

Filed in DOL, Safety by on December 30, 2013 1 Comment
Happy Birthday, OSHA!

This past weekend, the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration hit an impressive milestone: 43 years of protecting people in the workplace. On Dec. 29, 1970, President Richard Nixon signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 into law. By the middle of 1971, OSHA was helping prevent workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses. While […]

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