While the effects of the recent 16-day government shutdown are still being determined on a broad scale, a second OSH-related federal agency is showing signs of significantly less activity during that time.
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Aaron Trippler, Government Affairs Director for the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), said it’s impossible to determine the actual impact on OSHA, but it is possible to look at the number of inspections that took place.
Trippler said OSHA reported that only 329 inspections were conducted during the shutdown, compared to 2,102 inspections during the same period in 2012.
Ninety percent of OSHA’s 2,235 staff members were temporarily furloughed during the shutdown.