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December 04, 2017
Confirmation hearing for OSHA nominee set for December 5

Scott A. Mugno, who has been tapped by the White House to lead the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), is scheduled to appear before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on Tuesday morning. The 10 a.m. confirmation hearing will give Senators an opportunity to learn more about Mugno, who is currently Vice President for Safety, Sustainability, and Vehicle Maintenance at Fed Ex Ground.

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Former OSHA assistant administrator Jordan Barab, who now blogs about occupational safety and health at, predicts that the session may not be overly revealing. In part, he says that’s because Mugno’s is one of four hearings scheduled (others are for education department posts and the nominee for Commissioner of Labor Statistics.) Barab says it’s likely that Mugno will deliver “a lot of non-responses like, ‘I’m not familiar enough with this issue to answer that question at this time,’ and ‘I’m looking forward to working with you on that issue.’”

Barab hopes the senators will press the nominee on issues including standard-setting priorities, enforcement capacity, protection for vulnerable workers, and transparency of OSHA recordkeeping information.

While many of Mugno’s views are as yet unknown, a 2009 FedEx blog post sheds some light. Mugno wrote, “Safety is not only the right thing to do, it’s our obligation to provide a safe work environment for team members. Safety is a behavior we integrate into job training and practice. My mission is to have everyone, including our customers and the public, go home in the same healthy shape as when they started out that day.”

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