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Federal Safety Inspections May Decline in 2020, OSHA Warns

Feb. 21, 2020, 7:01 PM

There could be fewer workplace safety inspections in fiscal year 2020 because of an influx of new, inexperienced inspectors and attrition of veteran ones, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said.

OSHA projects it will conduct 33,293 inspections in fiscal 2020—108 fewer than the 33,401 completed in 2019. The inspection disclosure is part of the agency’s 109-page proposal for its fiscal 2021 budget of $576.8 million.

The good news for 2021, OSHA said, is that the inspection numbers will improve as new inspectors are able to check workplaces without supervision from experienced inspectors. For 2021, OSHA estimates there will be ...

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