By James L. Curtis and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: Senate hearing scheduled for the White House pick, Scott A. Mugno, as the new Administrator of  OSHA.

We noted previously that the White House announced on October 27th that it had nominated Scott A. Mugno to be the Assistant Secretary of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health.  If confirmed, Mr. Mugno will serve as the Administrator of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  Mr. Mungo would replace Dr. David Michaels, who left the Agency on January 10, 2017.

The Senate has now scheduled its hearing on the Mugno nomination for next week, Tuesday, December 5, 2017.  Interested parties may watch the hearing live through the Senate’s website link.

Mr. Mugno was most recently the Vice President for Safety, Sustainability and Vehicle Maintenance at FedEx Ground.  If he is confirmed, employers are hopeful that Mr. Mugno will refocus the Agency away from David Michael’s hard emphasis on enforcement and implement measures designed to improve workplace safety through cooperative compliance programs such as the Voluntary Protection Program (NPP).

For more information on this or any related topic please contact the authors, your Seyfarth attorney, or any member of the Workplace Safety and Health (OSHA/MSHA) Team.