Maryland Safety Agency Accused of Failing Workers

The Public Justice Center, a Baltimore-based public interest law firm, is calling on Governor Hogan (R) and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to take action against Maryland’s Occupational Safety and Health agency (MOSH) for failing to protect workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.


On October 16, the Public Justice Center filed a Complaint About State Program Administration (CASPA) with OSHA calling on the agency to investigate MOSH’s response to worker complaints. The CASPA alleges that MOSH “has failed to follow its own procedures to protect workers from COVID-19.”


The Center is now calling on Governor Hogan to “follow Virginia’s lead and require MOSH to issue an emergency temporary standard to protect workers from COVID-19.” The Center was also part of a coalition of nonprofits and advocacy groups that petitioned the governor to issue an executive order mandating MOSH create a state-specific emergency temporary standard on COVID-19.