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Edwin G. Foulke Jr., Esq.

Self Description

April 2007: "As Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., heads the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and its staff of more than 2,200 safety and health professionals and support personnel.

Named by President George W. Bush to head OSHA on Sept. 15, 2005, Foulke was confirmed by the Senate on March 15, 2006, and sworn in as the head of the agency on April 3, 2006.

Prior to his nomination, Foulke was a partner with the law firm of Jackson Lewis, LLP in Greenville, S.C., and Washington, D.C., where he chaired the firm's OSHA practice group. His practice areas included all topics of labor relations, specializing in occupational safety and health issues, workplace violence risk assessment and prevention, and accident and fatality prevention. From 1990 to 1995, Foulke served on the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, chairing the commission from March 1990 to February 1994. The three-member commission is an independent federal adjudicatory agency that renders decisions involving workplace safety and health citations arising from OSHA inspections. Foulke served on the Workplace Health and Safety Committee for the Society for Human Resource Management from 2000 to 2004, including a two-year term as the committee's chair. He was also a member of the Health and Safety Subcommittee for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Foulke has authored articles on workplace safety and health for various entities, including the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, American Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar Association, and the North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry.

Foulke, a native of Perkasie, PA, graduated from North Carolina State University (with honors) in 1974. He earned his law degree from Loyola University in 1978, and a Master of Law degree from Georgetown University Law School in 1993. He also served as an adjunct professor at New Orleans' St. Mary's Dominican College..."

Third-Party Descriptions

December 2008: 'Former OSHA director Edwin G. Foulke Jr. and other Bush appointees dispute the criticisms and say the agency carefully directed its scarce resources at the most dangerous workplaces, notably levying heavy fines after major workplace disasters. Foulke also expressed pride that a drop in reported workplace injuries that began in 1974 continued unabated under Bush and said that "we've done, I think, a really good job of moving things along" in rulemakings that proved to be more complex and time-consuming than he had anticipated.'

April 2007: "“By the time the Bush administration is done — we have a good record already — we will have a better record,” said Edwin G. Foulke Jr., the agency’s head, in a recent interview."


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Organization Executive (past or present) Department of Labor/Labor Department (DOL) Organization Apr 27, 2007
Student/Trainee (past or present) Georgetown University Organization Apr 27, 2007
Student/Trainee (past or present) Loyola University New Orleans Organization Apr 27, 2007
Student/Trainee (past or present) North Carolina State University (NCSU) Organization Apr 27, 2007
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Organization Apr 27, 2007
Advisor/Consultant to (past or present) Society for Human Resource Management, The (SHRM) Organization Apr 27, 2007
Student/Trainee (past or present) St. Mary's Dominican College - New Orleans Organization Apr 27, 2007
Advisor/Consultant to (past or present) U.S. Chamber of Commerce Organization Apr 27, 2007
Appointed/Selected by President George W. Bush Person Apr 27, 2007
Subordinate of (past or present) Elaine L. Chao Person Apr 27, 2007
Successor to John L. Henshaw Person Jan 7, 2009

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
Dec 29, 2008 Under Bush, OSHA Mired in Inaction

QUOTE: Current and former career officials at OSHA say that such sagas were a recurrent feature during the Bush administration, as political appointees ordered the withdrawal of dozens of workplace health regulations, slow-rolled others, and altered the reach of its warnings and rules in response to industry pressure.

Washington Post
May 07, 2007 Flavoring Suspected in Illness: Calif. Considers Banning Chemical Used in Microwave Popcorn

QUOTE: Since 2001, academic studies have shown links between the disease and a chemical used in artificial butter flavor called diacetyl. One death from the disease has been confirmed. But no federal laws regulate the chemical's use.

Washington Post
Apr 25, 2007 OSHA Leaves Worker Safety in Hands of Industry

QUOTE: ...OSHA’s practices under the Bush administration, which vowed to limit new rules and roll back what it considered cumbersome regulations that imposed unnecessary costs on businesses and consumers. Across Washington, political appointees — often former officials of the industries they now oversee — have eased regulations or weakened enforcement of rules on issues like driving hours for truckers, logging in forests and corporate mergers.

New York Times