The Senate committee hearing on the White House’s nominee for the Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Scott Mugno, has now been adjourned. During the hearing, Mr. Mugno fielded various questions from the Senators, including about OSHA’s past policy of issuing press releases after issuing violations in excess of $40,000 and the funding and staffing levels of the agency. Mr. Mugno assured the committee of his commitment to speak with career OSHA staffers, if confirmed, about these and other issues. He also expressed his belief that the agency works with employers (e.g., is an “ally”).
We will continue to monitor the confirmation process and provide appropriate updates.