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OSHA News Release: 11-225-NAT
Feb. 15, 2011
Contact: Jason Surbey Diana Petterson
Phone: 202-693-4668 202-693-1898
E-mail: surbey.jason@dol.gov petterson.diana@dol.gov

Statement from assistant secretary of labor for OSHA
supporting promotion of job creation
Agency doing everything possible to support good, safe jobs

WASHINGTON – Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, today issued the following statement as the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce holds a hearing on "Investigating OSHA's Regulatory Agenda and Its Impact on Job Creation." Michaels understands the committee's interest in examining the relationship between OSHA's regulatory agenda and job creation. The Labor Department is focused on doing everything possible to support the creation of good, safe jobs.

"I think we can all agree that the American economy must succeed but never at the cost of the safety or health of American workers. OSHA's goal is to ensure that everyone who goes to work returns home safely. I think we can also agree that the size of a business should not determine the level of protection that a worker receives. All workers have the same right to a safe workplace.

"Despite concerns about the effect of regulation on American business, there is clear evidence that OSHA's commonsense regulations have made working conditions in this country today far safer than 40 years ago when the agency was created, while at the same time protecting American jobs. The truth is that OSHA standards don't kill jobs. They stop jobs from killing workers. OSHA standards don't just prevent worker injuries and illnesses. They also drive technological innovation, making industries more competitive.

"Many OSHA standards cost lit