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The Atlantic

by David Michaels 

July 18, 2023

This summer, the climate crisis has brought intense heat and toxic wildfire smoke to much of the country. These conditions are a threat to us all, but they are particularly lethal to those who work outside, in the nation's fields or construction sites, and even to some who work indoors.

I led the Occupational Safety and Health Administration under Obama, and I understand why it hasn't stepped up to address the threat of climate change. 


Los Angeles Times

by David Michaels

August 16, 2019​


At the height of World War II, as Adolf Hitler was presiding over the mass murder of Europe’s Jews, President Franklin D. Roosevelt kept our borders closed. Informed of the ongoing slaughter, he decided to permit only a thousand refugees entrance to America and allowed them to remain here only until the war ended. I grew up with two families: a traditional one, and the one we called our “Oswego family,” these refugees and their partners and children. . . . 



by David Michaels and Susan Anenberg 

June 28, 2023

At every stage of the pandemic, a disproportionate number of coronavirus infections have been traced to a relatively small number of gatherings, also known as superspreader events. The recent Gridiron dinner, after which over 70 people tested positive, including members of the Biden administration, is just the latest example. Some public health experts argue that tolerating these events is what living with Covid looks like. As far as we know, no one who tested positive after the Gridiron dinner became severely ill, but we don’t know if these cases also spread to workers and beyond. There’s little reason to accept this as a new normal.


Michaels D, Wagner GR, Ryan L. Lessons From COVID-19 for Protecting Workers in the Next Pandemic. JAMA. 2023 Jun 16. doi: 10.1001/jama.2023.8229.

Michaels D, Emanuel EJ, Bright RA. A National Strategy for COVID-19: Testing, Surveillance, and Mitigation Strategies. JAMA. 2022 Jan 18;327(3):213-214.

Michaels D, Wagner GR. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Worker Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic. JAMA. 2020;324(14):1389-1390.

Michaels D, Wagner GR. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Worker Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic. JAMA. 2020;324(14):1389-1390.

Michaels D, Barab J. OSHA at 50: Protecting Workers in a Changing Economy. Amer J Public Health 2020;110(5):631-635.

Michaels, D. Reimagining Our System for Public Health Protection, Amer J Public Health 109(7):975-976 2019.


Michaels D, Burke T. The Dishonest HONEST Act. Science 356:989 2017.


Michaels D. OSHA Does Not Kill Jobs: It Helps Prevent Jobs from Killing Workers. Amer J Ind Med 55:961-963, 2012.


Michaels D, Howard J. Review of the OSHA-NIOSH Response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Protecting the Health and Safety of Cleanup Workers. PLOS Currents Disasters. 2012;4:e4fa83b7576b7576e.


Michaels D. Addressing Conflict in Strategic Literature Reviews: Disclosure is not Enough. J Epidemiol Comm Health. 63:599-600, 2009.


Michaels D, Monforton C. Beryllium’s Public Relations Problem. Protecting Workers When There Is No Safe Exposure Level. Public Health Reports 123:79-88, 2008.


Michaels D, Monforton C. How Litigation Shapes the Scientific Literature: Asbestos and Disease Among Automobile Mechanics. J Law & Policy 5(3):1137-1169, 2007.


Michaels D, Monforton C. Lurie P. Selected Science: An Industry Campaign to Undermine an OSHA Hexavalent Chromium Standard. Environmental Health 5:5, 2006.


Michaels D. Sarbanes-Oxley for Science. Law & Contemp Problems 69(3):1-19, 2006.


Michaels D. Scientific Evidence and Public Policy. Amer J Public Health 95:Suppl1.S5, 2005.


Michaels D, Monforton C. Manufacturing Uncertainty. Contested Science and the Protection of the Public’s Health and Environment. Amer J Public Health 95.Suppl1:S39-48, 2005.


Wagner W, Michaels D.  Equal Treatment for Regulatory Science. Extending the Controls Governing the Quality of Public Research to Private Research. Amer J Law Med 30:119-154, 2004.


Michaels D, Wagner W.  Disclosure in Regulatory Science. Science 302:2073, 2003.


Michaels D, Bingham E, Boden L, et al. Advice without Dissent.  Science 298:703, 2002.


Michaels D, Levine C. Estimates of the Number of Motherless Youth Orphaned by AIDS in the United States.  JAMA 268:3456-3461, 1992.

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