Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Time for an OSHA Nominee?

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Time for an OSHA Nominee?

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By early February, the Clinton Administration will have announced its choice to head the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, according to several Washington sources.

According to their scenario, once Robert Reich, the Secretary of Labor-Designate, is confirmed by the Senate in late January, President Clinton will nominate someone from a short list of about five people to be Assistant Secretary of Labor -- OSHA, subject to Senate confirmation.

"Reich will be responsible for winnowing the list, but my feeling is that it's really organized labor's pick," one key government lobbyist told Occupational Hazards. "The OSHA Administrator will be someone labor specifically approves of and, perhaps, someone directly from the labor movement."

At press time, the OSHA short list reportedly included at least two union safety and health officials: Peg Seminario, the AFL-CIO's director of safety and health; and Frank Mirer, director of safety and health for the United Auto Workers. Others said to be receiving final consideration were: Phil Landrigan, director of environmental and occupational medicine, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine; Jeanne Stellman, occupational safety and health specialist, International Labor Organization, and a noted academician and author; and Joseph A. …

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