For his work on behalf of nuclear weapons workers, Michaels
received the Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award from
the American Association for the Advancement of Science in
In the winter 2009 issue of SafetyRep, the newsletter of the
New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health,
Michaels argues that the Obama administration should launch
“a bold campaign to change the workplace culture of safety.”
OSHA’s priorities in such a campaign, Michaels writes, would be
to require employers to implement workplace safety programs,
provide training grants for injury and illness prevention, develop
an electronic record-keeping and reporting system, and attempt
to change the way the public thinks about safety.
Report on the 2009 OEESC Conference
BY JENNIFER SAHMEL, GREG DAY, AND ALEKS STEFANIAK
The 4th Occupational and Environmental Exposure of Skin to
Chemicals (OEESC) international conference brought 170 envi-
ronmental and occupational health professionals, dermatolo-
gists, laboratory scientists, policymakers and other professionals
to Edinburgh, Scotland, June 14–17, 2009. The conference fo-
cused on challenges and opportunities related to occupational
and environmental exposures of the skin to chemicals, with em-
phasis on improved prevention of local and systemic injury and
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