John Mendeloff

Adjunct Researcher
Off Site Office


Ph.D. and M.P.P., Graduate School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley; A.B., Harvard University


John Mendeloff is an adjunct researcher at the RAND Corporation. He is also a professor at the University of Pittsburgh with appointments in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, the School of Public Health, and the Law School. He has written numerous books and articles about workplace safety and health and other issues of risk regulation. He has received numerous research grants and has consulted extensively for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, as well as for safety agencies in Ontario, British Columbia, and New Zealand. He has served on panels dealing with workplace safety for the National Academy of Sciences, the Government Accountability Office, and the Office of Technology Assessment. His focus has been how government agencies can better use information in designing and implementing their policies and programs. Mendeloff received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh

Recent Projects

  • Regulation at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
  • Toxic substances regulation
  • Impacts of OSHA inspections

Selected Publications

John Mendeloff et al., Small Businesses and Workplace Fatality Risk: An Exploratory Analysis, RAND Corporation (TR-371), 2006

John Mendeloff and Wayne B. Gray, "Inside the Black Box: How Do OSHA Inspections Lead to Reductions in Workplace Injuries?" Law and Policy, 27(2), 2005

Wayne B. Gray and John M. Mendeloff, "The Declining Effects of OSHA Inspections on Manufacturing Injuries, 1979-1998," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 58, 2005

Si Kyung Seong and John Mendeloff, "Assessing the Accuracy of OSHA's Projections of the Benefits of New Safety Standards," American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 45(4), 2004

John Mendeloff, The Dilemma of Toxic Substance Regulation: How Overregulation Causes Underregulation (Regulation of Economic Activity), MIT Press, 1988