OSHA Sustains Focus On Worker Safety In 2020

Throughout the year, OSHA has continued to prioritize worker health and safety, especially in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic.

OSHA is reflecting on its efforts to maintain worker safety throughout the year with the added challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 21.8 percent of employed people worked remotely in October due to the pandemic. In the 2020 fiscal year, the agency conducted 21,674 inspections related to the coronavirus. OSHA received 20,541 total complaints in 2020, with 9,189 of them being coronavirus-related.

“OSHA remains committed to strong enforcement, compliance assistance and training programs to accomplish our mission of safety and health for every worker,” said Loren Sweatt, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA. “Despite the pandemic-related challenges that impacted the nation, OSHA staff worked tirelessly to help ensure every worker was safe on the job. I am proud of the work the agency accomplished for America’s workers during this unprecedented time.”

This year, OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program removed 667,492 workers from potential harm. Its health and safety training programs also transitioned into digital formats, which reached more than 1.6 million workers.

For more information, visit dol.gov.

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