The U.S. government shutdown has forced the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board to halt core activities. OSHA will have sufficient employees to respond to situations "when employees are potentially exposed to hazardous conditions that present a high risk of death or serious physical harm," said OSHA chief David Michaels. The Chemical Safety Board will have "a skeleton crew to restart after the shutdown and keep an eye on any chemical disasters that we hope will not occur during this period," said CSB Managing Director Daniel Horowitz.

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