Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, will speak at the National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry on August 19. Michaels will give the opening remarks at the Conference via remote broadcast and address questions from attendees.

Appointed by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate, David Michaels, Ph.D., MPH (Master of Public Health), became the 12th assistant secretary of labor for Occupational Safety and Health in December 2009. As assistant secretary, he has worked to strengthen the agency's enforcement in high-risk industries, improve OSHA's whistleblower protection program, promote common sense worker protection programs and standards, expand compliance assistance provided to small employers, and increase outreach to the vulnerable populations who are at greatest risk for work-related injury and illness. He has also increased OSHA's focus and capabilities in the areas of data analysis and program evaluation.

The 2013 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry is a three-day event designed specifically for poultry facility and corporate safety personnel. The conference is sponsored by the Agriculture Technology Research Program at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, Georgia Poultry Federation, National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation. This year's conference will be held August 19-21, at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, Fla. 

Topics will include an OSHA update; continuous improvement processes; modernization of poultry inspection: overview and safety implications; contractor safety; Department of Transportation update; workplace violence; hazard recognition; illegal drug use in the workplace; best practices shared by safety award recipients; The David Wylie Insight Lecture Series;  and related roundtable discussions. 

Interested people can register online for the conference.