Accountability Gone Missing on OSHA Nominee

By October 18, 2009Regulations

An editorial in Sunday’s The Washington Times, “Occupational corner-cutting”:

For an administration and Congress that promised to be the most transparent and ethical in history, it turns out that failing historical standards is an occupational hazard.

The latest subversion of procedural fairness is set for Wednesday, when the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions is set to approve a host of executive-agency nominees without the public benefit of a hearing. The most troubling nominee, one for whom a hearing should be mandatory, is David Michaels of Maryland to head the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The editorial cites a letter sent to the Senate HELP Committee from a broad cross-section of trade associations, including the National Association of Manufacturers, asking for a hearing. The letter from the Coalition for Workplace Safety is available here.

See also these earlier posts on Michaels and the OSHA nomination.

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