By Eric J. Conn
After months of rumors and speculation, this morning, October 30, 2017, the White House finally announced its choice for the role of Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA. I am personally very pleased that nomination was Scott A. Mugno.
Scott presently serves as the Vice President of Safety, Vehicle Maintenance, and Sustainability for FedEx Ground. In that position, he has been in charge of the safety and health mission for an organization with nearly 90,000 workers, across more than 588 workplaces, and a fleet of more than 58,000 trailers. He has an impeccable reputation in the safety space as a great leader, a tremendous motivator for safety, a faithful believer in the safety mission, and a true safety professional. For the past six years, Mr. Mugno has successfully curated FedEx Ground’s core principle of “Safety Above All,” which means that:
“no package [FedEx] could ever carry is worth jeopardizing the safety of one employee.”
The White House touted Scott’s qualifications for the position of OSHA’s chief administrator in a press release announcing his nomination:
“His responsibilities in both [of his Safety leadership positions at FedEx] included developing, promoting and facilitating the safety and health program and culture. Mr. Mugno was twice awarded FedEx’s highest honor, the FedEx Five Star Award, for his safety leadership….”
Scott has been a friend and professional associate for many years, and I believe his diverse background puts him in a unique position to be a dynamic and successful leader at OSHA. In his current job, Scott is a Corporate Safety Director. Previous to his FedEx Ground position, Scott was the Corporate Safety Director at FedEx Express in Memphis. Prior to that, he had been a practicing regulatory attorney for both private employers and law firms. Before that, he spent six years serving our nation as an attorney in the Army JAG corps. The combination of all of these past experiences puts Scott in a unique position to successfully execute OSHA’s safety mission.
OSHA’s chief administrator has typically come from the ranks of other government roles, academia, or private law firms. In OSHA’s history, rarely has the agency been led by someone who has served as Continue reading