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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Willful Violations: The Case of the Cavalier Attitude

When would a court support a “willful” citation? Find out how one federal appeals court ruled. As a construction company began work on the shell of a three-story building, a representative of the local utility showed up and said, “You can’t continue working here with those power lines so close by. They have to be […]

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OSHA Violations: What Does ‘Willful’ Really Mean?

Which violations rise to the level of “willful” in the eyes of OSHA? Find out what compliance officers are trained to look for. According to the OSHA Field Inspection Reference Manual, a willful violation of OSHA standards occurs whenever the evidence shows either an intentional violation or “plain indifference” to the requirements of the regulations. […]

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RCRA Recordkeeping: An Overview for Generators

Here’s a quick overview of basic RCRA recordkeeping requirements for hazardous waste generators. The importance of proper recordkeeping for compliance with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) is best illustrated by the fact that many of the most common hazardous waste generator violations issued involve a lack of proper recordkeeping.   The regulations require […]

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The Flip Side of Top 10: OSHA Cooperative Programs

Yesterday, we highlighted OSHA’s 2010 Top 10 list. Today, we talk about OSHA cooperative programs, which can help you avoid citations and penalties as well as achieve other important benefits. On the flip side of OSHA’s Top 10 and other enforcement actions there’s a whole different world of regulatory compliance—the carrot rather than the stick. […]

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OSHA’s Top 10: How to Stay Off the List

Every year OSHA publishes its Top 10 violations list, and every year employers fall into the same trap, garnering citations and often hefty fines. Last year was no different. The top 10 OSHA violations for fiscal 2010 were: Scaffolding, general requirements, construction (29 CFR 1926.451) Fall protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501) Hazard communication standard, general […]

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Walking/Working Surface Rules Need Changes, OSHA Says

OSHA is proposing revisions to 29 CFR 1910, Subparts D and I. Here’s what may change. Revisions to 1910, Subpart D (Walking and Working Surfaces) and Subpart I (Personal Protective Equipment) are necessary, says OSHA, to reduce workplace slips, trips, and falls, which are a leading cause of worker-related injury and death. Every year more […]

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Need a Variance from an OSHA? Here’s How to Get It

HazCom featured in third place on OSHA’s top 10 violations for 2010. Two big HazCom issues are labels and MSDSs. A variance is an alternative procedure of compliance with some part of a safety and health standard, which is granted to an employer by OSHA. For example: You are not able to comply fully and […]

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Free Report from Safety Daily Advisor Helps Safety Professionals Prepare for OSHA Inspections

The Safety Daily Advisor®: announced today the release of a free white paper, What to Expect from an OSHA Inspection, which will help you to prepare for and understand your rights during OSHA inspections. If you’ve ever worried about the prospect of an inspection, you’re not alone. Each year, thousands of workplaces across the country […]

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Recent Enforcement Actions Prove Costly to Employers

Yesterday, we talked about OSHA’s new regulatory and enforcement agenda. Today, we highlight some recent cases of enforcement action that have resulted in pricey penalties. Imperial Sugar Company has agreed to pay more than $6 million in a settlement with OSHA. The case stems from a 2008 combustible dust explosion at Imperial’s Port Wentworth, GA, […]

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"Plan, Prevent, Protect"—OSHA’s New Agenda

Where is OSHA headed? OSHA chief David Michaels outlines the agency’s new regulatory and enforcement agenda. “We’ve accelerated our push to make fundamental changes in the way employers and workers cooperate to secure safe workplaces,” says Dr. Michaels, “and we are doing this through an aggressive regulatory agenda.” The motto for OSHA’s new agenda is […]

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