To all our readers and students: please be informed that the processing of your OSHA DOL cards may be delayed because of the recent government shut down. As some of you may know, the US government has suspended all services at the federal level, which has been going on for five days now. We can only wait for further notice on when OSHA’s services will resume and updates from OSHA on how the fiscal standoff will affect your receipt of your DOL cards.
OSHA has posted the following message on its official website (www.osha.gov) in light of the federal government shutdown:
Due to suspension of Federal government services, this website is not being regularly monitored.
If you need to report a workplace fatality, hospitalizations, or an imminent danger situation, please contact our toll free number immediately: 1-800-321-OSHA (6742); TTY 1-877-889-5627.
For the uninformed, the shutdown stemmed from the Congress two houses’ failure to agree on a new budget. According to BBC News, Republicans, which comprise the vast majority of the House of Representatives, demanded a delay in implementing Obamacare, as a condition for the passage of a “clean” spending bill. The last shutdown took place 17 years ago and went on for 20 days. People fear the same for this year’s crisis. Over 800, 000 workers were furloughed as the exchange between the Democratic and Republican parties raged on.
Kindly inform your employers about the delay to prevent any inconveniences. In the meantime, you may present employers the certificate of completion for the OSHA 10 or 30 courses that we’ve given you as proof of training. Rest assured that we’ll keep you posted of any updates from OSHA and about the status of the shutdown.