OSHA: workplace safety & health align with sustainability

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GreenBiz magazine sat down with Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA), and discussed how sustainablity is a movement providing “leadership, innovation and going beyond simple compliance” and that “worker engagement is one of the fundamental tenets of a comprehensive safety and health program.”

Michaels noted in the Q&A that “Worker engagement is one of the fundamental tenets of a comprehensive safety and health program… Worker engagement can improve not only safety and health, but also business performance. Workers have hands-on, close-up expertise, and they can provide insight into product and process design to minimize hazards and to improve efficiency. We absolutely see that.”

Appointed by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate, Michaels became the 12th Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health in December 2009.

read the article here: OSHA interview

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