Category: Enforcement and Inspection

As today’s workplace becomes more complex, regulation of that workplace increases. In this section, you’ll find the practical advice you need to understand exactly what OSHA, other federal agencies, and their state counterparts, require of you, and to comply in the ways that best satisfy both your and their needs. Look also for important court decisions, advice on how to handle enforcement actions, and news of upcoming changes in workplace health and safety law.

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Cal/OSHA Follows Federal Example and Increases Penalties

It has been two years since Congress enacted enacted legislation requiring federal agencies to adjust their civil penalties to account for inflation. This resulted in the first increase in federal OSHA’s penalty amounts since 1990 – beginning with a whopping one-time increase of 78%. For federal OSHA, the new penalties went into effect for citations […]


OSHA Still Has Vacancies, and Congresswoman Wants Answers

United States Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro has sent a letter to the acting head of OSHA expressing concern about vacant positions at the agency. In her communication to deputy assistant labor secretary Loren Sweatt, DeLauro, a Connecticut Democrat, pointed out that despite the lifting of a federal hiring freeze in April, OSHA still has not filled […]


Compliance Failures Lead to Amputations … and Fines

A manufacturer of rigid metal, plastic, and hybrid containers faces more than half a million dollars in proposed penalties after OSHA inspectors responded to four separate reports of injuries at a Chicago plant. The company is based in Atlanta and has 27 facilities about 4,000 employees, including 500 in Chicago.

OSHA announces top 10 violations at NSC conference

OSHA Reveals the Top 10 Violations for FY 2017

At the National Safety Council (NSC) Congress & Expo 2017 in Indianapolis, Patrick Kapust, Deputy Director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, announced OSHA’s top 10 most cited violated for fiscal year (FY) 2017 in a packed NSC Learning Lab on the expo floor.


Chicago Company Cited by EPA for Manganese Violation

Amid news reports that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt was planning to increase his direct involvement in the Agency’s environmental justice programs, the Agency announced that it had taken an enforcement action against S.H. Bell, a Chicago company, for alleged violations of air pollution limits for manganese.


Psychiatric Hospital Fined by OSHA for Ongoing Violence Exposures

A Massachusetts behavioral health facility is facing $208,000 in proposed OSHA penalties for violations found while conducting a follow-up inspection. On June 29, the agency issued the hospital a notification for failure to abate workplace violence risks. The action follows a serious violation related to the same hazards found in 2015. As a result of […]