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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OSHA Ranks Top 10 Workplace Safety Violations of FY 2021

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced its preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety standards for fiscal year 2021. Patrick Kapust, Deputy Director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented the list virtually during the 2021 NSC Safety Congress & Expo, a tradeshow held live in Orlando, Fla., and virtually Oct. […]

OSHA Cites Paint Manufacturer, Seeks $709k Penalty

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited an Ohio paint and resins manufacturer with two willful and 33 serious safety violations in connection with a fatal April 8 fire and explosion at Yenkin-Majestic Paint and OPC Polymers Corporation in Columbus. The agency proposed penalties totaling $709,960 and placed Yenkin-Majestic in its Severe Violator Enforcement […]

FMCSA Establishes State Drug, Alcohol Restrictions

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) October 7 issued a final rule closing a loophole in the enforcement of the agency’s drug and alcohol regulations by requiring states to deny or downgrade commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) or learner’s permits for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers with drug or alcohol violations (86 FR 55718). Under […]

Cal/OSHA Getting New Enforcement Powers in 2022

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) will have expanded enforcement authority starting January 1, 2022, with the creation of two new classes of violations: enterprisewide and egregious. Governor Gavin Newsom (D) recently signed S.B. 606 into law, authorizing the new citation and penalty authority. If a cited employer has multiple worksites, there […]

Tootsie Roll Facing $136k OSHA Fine in Amputation Case

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Tootsie Roll Industries LLC for a willful violation of the machine guarding standard after a 48-year-old worker suffered a partial finger amputation after the employer allowed bypassed safety locks on a machine’s access doors that enabled a bag sealer to close on the employee’s finger. The agency […]

OSHA’s Denver Office Cites Employers in Fatalities

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Denver area office announced employer citations in separate worker fatalities. OSHA cited JBS Foods’ Swift Beef Co. facility in Greeley, Colorado, for eight serious violations related to an unsafe lifting process and for hazardous chemical and training violations following the death of a worker who was installing a […]

Vehicle Parts Maker Facing $1.6 Million OSHA Fine

A Ravenna, Ohio, aluminum parts manufacturer is facing $1,671,738 in penalties for 38 safety and health violations following an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigation into a worker’s death. On March 30, a 43-year-old worker was loading a part into a machine when the barrier door closed on his head. General Aluminum Mfg. Company […]

EPA Announces Hydrofluorocarbons Phasedown

Congress enacted the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act on December 27, 2021, which gives the EPA authority to: Phase down production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFC). Maximize reclamation, and minimize HFC releases from equipment. Facilitate the transition to next-generation technologies through sector-based restrictions on HFCs. The final rule, issued by the EPA in late […]

The Four Main Stages of an OSHA Inspection

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to comply with the regulations put into place to ensure workers’ occupational safety and health or else receive penalty fines. The main method to assess a company’s compliance is by conducting an inspection.  There are four main stages of an OSHA inspection: the credential presentation  the […]

Proposed Restrictions on Prop 65 Short-Form Warnings

Changes to California’s Proposition 65 (Prop 65) short-form warning label regulations are expected soon. Once adopted, impacted industry will have one year to comply with the amendments. Prop 65 requires warning labels to be placed on products sold in California that expose consumers to chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive or developmental toxicity. The […]