OSHA, MSHA running on skeleton crews during government shutdown
Routine safety inspections put on hold
According to CNN, fewer than 3,000 of the DOL’s 16,304 employees will continue working during the shutdown, which will delay routine inspections that don’t pose an immediate threat to worker safety.
The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission is totally closed, with one IT person and one administrative assistant continuing to come into work.
The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is currently at half-strength.
Eight of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission’s staff of 75 will continue to adjudicate those Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 disputes that arise from a mine emergency and are necessary to ensure continued public health and safety. The Commission will continue to review incoming filings for emergency and time sensitive items and to decide whether to grant or deny Petitions for Discretionary Review.