No date set for OSHA chief nominee Michaels' confirmation (10/1)
With health care preoccupying time and energy on Capitol Hill, “there doesn’t seem to be anyone pushing for a quick confirmation,” says Trippler.
“On the one hand, AIHA and others wish the Senate would consider this appointment as quickly as possible so the agency and others can get a good look at the agenda Michaels might set. While there has been much talk about an agenda – including risk assessment and ergonomics – nothing concrete has surfaced. On the other hand, it seems many believe a quick confirmation is not important, as the agency is being served quite well with Jordan Barab serving as acting assistant secretary,” says Trippler.