OSHA Resumes Normal Enforcement Following Harvey

"We are now able to resume regular enforcement operations in most of the impacted areas," said OSHA Region VI Administrator Kelly Knighton. "For those areas most heavily impacted by Hurricane Harvey, we will continue to provide employers and workers with compliance assistance and outreach.

OSHA has resumed normal enforcement throughout Texas and Louisiana after halting most programmed enforcement actions in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the Labor Department announced Oct. 10.

Following that devastating storm, OSHA provided compliance assistance and outreach to employers and workers in the affected region; DOL said this "enabled OSHA's staff to provide faster and more flexible responses to hazards facing workers involved in the cleanup and recovery operations. Thousands of crews and individual workers received job safety and health technical assistance. OSHA retained the right to inspection cases involving fatalities, catastrophic accidents, employee complaints, and employers who repeatedly exposed employees to serious hazards during cleanup and recovery operations."

"We are now able to resume regular enforcement operations in most of the impacted areas," said OSHA Region VI Administrator Kelly Knighton. "For those areas most heavily impacted by Hurricane Harvey, we will continue to provide employers and workers with compliance assistance and outreach. We will be monitoring these areas closely and as they transition from cleanup and recovery to normal operations, so will OSHA's enforcement."

Employers and employees working in these areas can reach OSHA's toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA for assistance.

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