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OSHA Virus Enforcement Slowed by Lack of Rules, Guidance: Report

Oct. 27, 2021, 9:20 PM

OSHA inspectors on assignments related to Covid-19 were sometimes hindered by the lack of specific safety rules covering the virus and changing guidance from the agency, a new Government Accountability Office report found.

The report, released Wednesday, also found that because inspectors and supervisors couldn’t work from their usual offices as part of measures to protect agency staff, there was confusion on how to conduct inspections.

The GAO analysis of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s performance was part of a larger review of how federal agencies have performed since the pandemic began in early 2020.

Some of the GAO’s ...

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