In a significant decision, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission has ruled that OSHA’s lockout/tagout standard cannot be applied where unexpected energization cannot occur.
The deadline is approaching for annual recordkeeping reporting to OSHA. When completing these forms, it is important to know some of the most common OSHA recordkeeping mistakes that could result in enforcement action. Here are the top five:
Employers cited for workplace safety or health violations could find themselves facing significantly higher penalties and possible felony prosecution under a new federal initiative to use alleged OSHA violations as a launching point to investigate whether companies are also violating environmental laws.
OSHA continues to cite employers aggressively, and at the same time is suggesting and frequently mandating certain types of abatement. This may overstep their authority, but many employers enter into a formal or informal OSHA settlements trying to avoid expensive litigation and abate alleged violations following agency’s suggestions or mandates.
If you are like me, when you first heard that Congress and the President had agreed upon a bipartisan budget bill that would fund the government for the next two years, you said to yourself, “It’s about time.” But as proof that nothing comes free, buried deep in the bill is a provision that will raise the maximum OSHA fines by over 50 percent in 2016.
General contractors at construction sites are being held to a higher level of responsibility for coordinating the safety activities of contractors when it comes to confined spaces in what may be a little-noticed provision of a new OSHA standard.