A mouse and bedbug infestation at the Department of Labor's headquarters puts federal workers' health at risk, according to internal test documents obtained by POLITICO.
The levels of mouse allergen — airborne particles of dried rodent urine — are nearly 70 times what would be considered a “moderate“ exposure amount. As a result, workers with respiratory complications face a high risk of an acute asthmatic attack, according to the documents.
The department also discovered bedbugs in building last week, and is in the process of exterminating them.
And super awkward:
The agency’s website includes a fact sheet about viruses carried by mice that reminds workers workers that they have a right to "file a complaint asking OSHA to inspect their workplace if they believe there is a serious hazard or that their employer is not following OSHA's rules."
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is a unit of the Labor Department. It is located inside DOL's headquarters, which is named for former Labor Secretary Frances Perkins.
Politico (of course) blames Trump:
Problems with the Perkins Building, a Brutalist structure that opened on Capitol Hill in 1975, are not new. In 2017 the General Services Administration noted that the building was “outdated and inefficient“ and in need of "costly repairs." GSA recommended that the agency relocate elsewhere and identified three possible sites for a new headquarters.
But the Trump administration balked at the relocation's cost, and scrapped the project, even as it acknowledged that the building would require upgrades to its "heating, electrical, plumbing and elevator systems."
Keep your bedbugs to yourself, people.