Planned OSHA Inspections Halted in Hurricane Irma Disaster Areas

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By Bruce Rolfsen

Planned workplace safety and health inspections in areas impacted by Hurricane Irma have been halted by OSHA, the Department of Labor announced Sept. 12.

The temporary suspension is intended to avoid disrupting recovery operations, the agency said. The suspension, however, doesn’t apply to inspections prompted by accidents or deaths.

A list of the counties or Occupational Safety and Health Administration area offices covered by the policy wasn’t available. However, President Donald Trump has issued declarations promising federal help for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

OSHA Region 4 didn’t respond to Bloomberg BNA’s request for comment.

A similar policy was initiated Aug. 31 for Hurricane Harvey’s impact zone. Prior to that, the policy had been applied during recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bruce Rolfsen in Washington at brolfsen@bna.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Rachael Daigle at rdaigle@bna.com

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