President Barack Obama has announced he intends to nominate Professor David Michaels to be the Assistant Secretary of OSHA. Professor Michaels is the interim chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the George Washington University School of Public Health in Washington, D.C. If confirmed, Professor Michaels will join Acting Assistant Secretary of OSHA Jordan

OSHA has announced it is targeting for inspections federal agency workplaces staffed by federal employees or by contractors whose work is supervised on a day-to-day basis by federal agency personnel. The agency initiative will focus enforcement resources on those worksites experiencing a high number of lost time injury cases. Employers who work as contractors to federal agencies