September 22, 2020
MSHA Defends Refusal To Create COVID-19 ETS For Mine Employees
The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Mine Health and Safety Administration (MSHA) is defending its decision not to craft an enforceable COVID-19 safety standard to protect mine workers, reinforcing the department’s broad policy of using guidance instead of binding rules to guide employers’ responses to the pandemic. Deputy Assistant Labor Secretary J. Joseph Wheeler wrote to Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) on Aug. 14 rejecting his request for MSHA to voluntarily craft an emergency temporary standard (ETS) for COVID-19, arguing that since...
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