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Top Challenges Facing the US DOL - November 2018

"FYI - As required by the Reports Consolidation Act of 2000, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has identified the most serious management and performance challenges facing the U. S. Department of Labor (DOL). These challenges are included in DOL's "Agency Financial Report" for FY 2018. The Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is responsible for the safety and health of 136 million workers employed at more than 9 million establishments, while the Department’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is responsible for the safety and health of approximately 320,000 miners who work at more than 13,000 mines. OSHA and MSHA face challenges in determining how to best use their resources to help protect the workers’ safety and health, particularly in high-risk industries such as construction, forestry, fishing, agriculture, and mining. These challenges are exacerbated by underreporting of injuries by employers. Without reliable data regarding workplace injuries, OSHA and MSHA lack the information needed to effectively focus inspection and compliance efforts on the most hazardous workplaces.

To view the OIG report, please see the link below:


OSHA encourages employers to comply with illness and injury reporting requirements through a variety of enforcement, outreach, and compliance assistance efforts. As VPP participants, you can be leaders in this effort by sharing OSHA Recordkeeping information with your contractors and industry colleagues:

https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/index.html "

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