OSHA chief David Michaels graced Public Citizen with his presence and insight today as the kick-off to Public Citizen’s 40th Anniversary Speaker Series. From the BP oil spill cleanup to medical resident work hours, from heat standards for construction workers to noise standards for restaurant employees, Michaels pretty much covered it all. He even weighed in on President Obama’s executive order to take another look at regulations. (Public Citizen isn’t too happy about Obama’s decision.) But as we plow through our video content, take a look at our live-tweeting from the event (listed in descending order).
Thank you, Dr. Michaels for such an informative talk at @public_citizen
Need better way to talk about what osha is doing well. Will take your suggestions
Have to do better job getting msg out. Public health always faces this problem. Not injured workers don’t really give testimonials
Total blindness to depth of workplace safety problem. What can osha, potus, vpotus do to improve?
GAO and IGs regularly come and tell #OSHA how to improve. Not opposed to states creating own plans, but some states aren’t as effective
Are state osha offices doing what they should be? Some have great programs that go above what’s needed. Others don’t, says #osha chief
Can osha’s noise standard be applied in restaurants and retail stores? Standard is 90 decibels, then have to give earplugs. But some want 85
Told #bp & coast guard to use standards military uses in iraq & afghanistan. When workers took water breaks, accused of not working enough
Osha has no heat standard, but every year dozens of workers killed because of heat. Maybe biggest hazard in #gulf#oilspill cleanup.
Companies may say cheaper to pay fine than change policies, so osha is trying to change calculus, says David Michaels of #osha
We’ve had very productive discussions with ACGME, but eager to examine medical resident hrs. They deserve safe workplace, says osha chief
Fatigue issues are of great concern to #osha, agency chief said. Need workers who are awake. Prepared to use general duty clause to regulate
Medical resident hours?! @public_citizen petitioned #osha in sept. Agency looking at it, evaluating other approaches it can take.
But hard to track down landscapers and other employees that might work near the hazardous chemicals, osha chief adds