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Secretary of Health and Human Services

Definition - What does Secretary of Health and Human Services mean?

The Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) heads the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in the United States.

One of the primary responsibilities of the DHHS is the enhancement of the health and well-being of Americans by providing effective health and human services.

Safeopedia explains Secretary of Health and Human Services

The Secretary of HHS is appointed by the U.S. President before being confirmed to the position by the full U.S. Senate. He or she has responsibilities related to occupational safety and health as stipulated under sections 20 and 21 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1970.

Section 20 pertains to research and related activities, while section 21 covers training and employee education.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), which is established under the DHHS, has been authorized to perform all functions of the Secretary of HHS as stipulated under sections 20 and 21.
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