In late October, President Trump nominated FedEx Ground official, Scott Mugno, as OSHA Director. Many critics of this Administration will be surprised to learn that Mr. Mugno appears to have an open mind and is not planning on dismantling the agency. Mugno has earned significant praise for his work at FedEx where he served as the vice president for safety, sustainability and vehicle maintenance and received the company’s highest honor, the FedEx Five Star Award, for his safety work. Administrator Mugno’s approach will likely be more business-friendly through a focus on compliance assistance measures versus aggressive enforcement or new regulations. But focusing on compliance assistance is a far cry from a free pass. While Mr. Mugno’s experience will help him appreciate the compliance challenges faced by the regulated community, his experience will also help him recognize which bad actors are phoning it in on worker safety.

Written with assistance from Ana Ramirez.