COVID-19: Increased Worksite Complaints and Reduced OSHA Inspections Leave U.S. Workers' Safety at Increased Risk [open pdf - 649KB]
From the Document: "The COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic has raised specific concerns about the health and safety of workers and the measures OSHA [Occupational Safety and Health Administration] has taken to ensure employers are mitigating employees' risk of exposure to the virus at workplaces. Due to the pandemic, OSHA has received a surge of complaints in a matter of months, while garnering the attention of Congress, labor unions, and media with requests to act swiftly on behalf of the 130 million workers at more than 8 million worksites nationwide whom OSHA is responsible for protecting. [...] We conducted this audit to answer the following question: 'What plans and guidance has OSHA developed to address challenges created by COVID-19, and to what extent have these challenges affected OSHA's ability to protect the safety of workers and its workforce?' To answer this question, we reviewed guidance, public laws, and state standards; conducted interviews; and researched complaint and enforcement data."
Department of Labor, Office of the Inspector General, Report No. 19-21-003-10-105