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Eula Bingham

Eula Bingham (born July 9, 1929) is an American scientist who is best known as an Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health during the Carter Administration.[1]


Eula Bingham was born in Covington, Kentucky, in 1929. She earned a B.S. in 1951 in Chemistry and Biology from Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky; an M.S. in 1954 in Physiology from the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio; and a Ph.D. in 1958 in Zoology, also from the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio. She began her career at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine in 1961 as a researcher who did pioneering work on chemical carcinogens. She contributed more than one hundred peer reviewed articles on occupational and environmental respiratory hazards; chemical carcinogenesis and related topics; and occupational and environmental health policy.[2]

She served as a scientific and policy advisor for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health from 1972 to 1976, in the Department of Labor as an advisor on coke oven emissions and carcinogens (1973–75), in the National Academy of Sciences' Lead in Paint Commission (1974–75), in the Food and Drug Administration, and in the Environmental Protection Agency (1976–77).[1]

President Jimmy Carter appointed her Director of OSHA, and she served through his administration, between 1977 and 1981. During her administration of OSHA notable regulatory activity included revised occupational lead exposure standard and promulgation of regulations on workers' "right to know" about workplace hazards. She later served as Vice President and University Dean for Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Cincinnati (1982–1990), and as a distinguished professor of environmental health at the University of Cincinnati.[2]

In recognition of her numerous accomplishments, she has received honors and awards including:


  1. ^ a b "Department of Labor Nomination of Eula Bingham To Be an Assistant Secretary". The American Presidency Project. March 11, 1977. 
  2. ^ a b "Eula Bingham, PhD—Bridging Academia and Government". Journal of Epidemiology and Health. 2004.