and John M. Howard, MD, MPH, JD, will present a discussion about current and future
trends in occupational and environmental health and safety.
Michaels, the assistant secretary of labor for OSHA, is an epidemiologist, author and
former professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at the George Washington
University School of Public Health and Health Services, where he directed the department’s Project on Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy. During his tenure as assistant
secretary of energy for environment, safety and health (1998 to 2001), Michaels guided
efforts to establish the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program,
which compensated nuclear weapons workers who became ill due to exposure to radiation, beryllium and other hazards in the workplace.
Howard has served as director of NIOSH in the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services since July 2002. Prior to this appointment, he served as chief of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health in the California Department of Industrial Relations from 1991 to 2002. The author of many articles on occupational health law and
policy, Howard is board certified in internal medicine and occupational medicine. He is
also a member of the U.S. Supreme Court bar and is admitted to the practice of medicine and law in the District of Columbia and the State of California.
Questions for Michaels and Howard to address at the general session can be submitted to AskDrMichaelsDrHoward@aiha.org. Discussion will continue afterward in an
open “Ask the Expert” forum.
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