Edwin Foulke confirmed as new OSHA head  

Edwin G. Foulke Jr., a South Carolina attorney who represented businesses in their dealings with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), received U.S. Senate confirmation as the new OSHA administrator. Jonathon Snare had been serving as acting administrator since John Henshaw stepped down in December 2004.

Foulke previously served as chairman of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission from 1990 to 1994 and on the commission from 1990 to 1995. The independent commission hears appeals of OSHA citations. In his Senate testimony, Foulke stressed the continued need for OSHA outreach and assistance, particularly to small employers that don’t have a comprehensive safety program. He also said he supports “strong, fair, and effective enforcement.”