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Biden to Tap California Workplace Safety Chief to Head OSHA

Today, Republican Leader of the Education and Labor Committee Virginia Foxx (R-NC) issued the following statement after reports that President Biden will nominate Doug Parker, current chief of workplace safety in California, to run the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):
“During his tenure in California, Doug Parker was a key architect of the controversial and discredited COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) in California, which placed dozens of unworkable and bewildering new mandates on employers that often conflicted with current science and are doing nothing to improve workplace safety outcomes. In the months following implementation of the standard, California saw a surge in COVID-19 cases. Now, he’s been tapped to lead OSHA which is contemplating a similar national standard. I hope that Mr. Parker, if confirmed by the Senate, has learned from past mistakes and will recognize how a federal ETS would be unworkable, unnecessary, and harmful to American workers.”

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