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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Formwork Collapse Results in Citation of 3 Contractors by Cal/OSHA

On May 26, workers at a mixed-use development in Oakland, California, were pouring concrete into elevated formwork when the shoring system supporting the formwork collapsed. The workers fell some 20 feet along with freshly poured concrete, reinforcing steel, timber framework, and tools and equipment. Thirteen workers ended up in the hospital; one worker’s injuries required […]

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You Have Extra Time to Submit 300A Data … But Don’t Wait Too Long

If you haven’t submitted your completed 2016 300A annual summary data to OSHA yet, don’t worry. The Agency said that it will not take enforcement action against employers who submit their data after the December 15, 2017, but before the December 31, 2017, final entry date. Be sure to submit the required information because the […]


Waste Recycler Enters Corporatewide Agreement with OSHA

Sometimes, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) finds that the problems at one of a company’s facilities are really an issue in all of a company’s facilities. Since 2002, in a small number of such cases, OSHA will seek to enter into a settlement agreement that applies to every one of the company’s facilities. […]


Protect Leased and Temporary Workers from BBP Exposure

In recent years, employers have moved to cut costs and improve flexibility by using leased and temporary workers. In response, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has created and enforced policies requiring employers to ensure that those workers receive the same protection from occupational hazards as their permanently employed counterparts. A New York recycler […]


Multimillion Dollar Settlement in Airline Return-to-Work Case

American Airlines and Envoy Air will pay $9.8 million in stock, currently valued at over $14 million, and provide other relief to settle a nationwide class disability discrimination lawsuit. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which brought the suit, claims the airlines unlawfully denied reasonable accommodations to hundreds of employees. Envoy Air is described […]


Know Your ‘Recognized Hazards’—Don’t Get Caught Off Guard!

Every employer knows the importance of complying with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) regulations that apply to conditions specific to their workplace. Of course, you, as the employer, would like to think that your efforts and expenses in complying will help you avoid a fine for violating an OSHA rule.


OSHA Issues Enforcement Memo on the Respirable Silica Standard

Partial enforcement of OSHA’s new respirable silica standard for the construction industry began in late September 2017. After a 30-day period of providing compliance assistance in lieu of enforcement, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) began full enforcement of the standard on October 23, 2017. OSHA issued an interim enforcement guidance document for the […]