The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) continues to provide technical assistance and outreach in areas hit hardest by Hurricane Michael, and is returning to normal enforcement operations throughout most of Florida and Georgia.
In the storm’s aftermath, OSHA had ceased programmed-planned enforcement inspections in all impacted areas, and deployed safety and health professionals to assist employers and workers involved in recovery operations to eliminate serious hazards. To date, OSHA’s safety and health technical assistance has reached more than 2,400 workers, and on-site interventions have removed more than 600 workers from serious hazards. This work will continue in heavily impacted areas. OSHA continues to retain the right to perform enforcement inspections involving fatalities, catastrophic incidents, employee complaints, incidents involving life-altering injuries, and employers who repeatedly expose employees to serious hazards during cleanup and recovery activities.