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Government Shutdown 2013: The Fate Of OSHA Operations

Written by Heidi Schwartz. Posted in Facility Management, FacilityBlog, Featured Post, Safety, Topics

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Published on October 01, 2013 with No Comments

Posted by Heidi Schwartz

Over the years, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been aggressive in dealing with workplace safety matters. This most recent government shutdown could have a significant impact on many aspects of the government, but the disruption of OSHA investigations may have the greatest direct consequences for facility management professionals.

In terms of adding to the U.S. economy, OSHA’s contributions in the form of fines have been steadily increasing. The Compliance and Safety website has a chart that takes a detailed look at the fines that have been imposed by OSHA under numerous administrations.


And while the current administration has increased the fine totals for OSHA, the Republican and Democrats have been relatively even in terms of budgets and fines over the past 25 years.


What lies ahead for OSHA? It’s difficult to predict what the next few hours/days/weeks will hold for the agency.

About Heidi Schwartz

Heidi Schwartz

Schwartz joined Group C Media in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (TFM) magazine (formerly Business Interiors) where she was subsequently promoted to editor/co-publisher of the monthly trade magazine for facility management professionals. In September 2012, she took over the newly created position of internet director for TFM's parent company, Group C Media, where she is charged with developing content and creating online strategies for TFM and its sister publication, Business Facilities. Schwartz can be reached at

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