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.

Free Special Report: What to Expect from an OSHA Inspection

OSHA Cites TJX for Hazards at T.J. Maxx Store

On November 29, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it had cited TJX Companies, Inc., with two repeat violations and one serious violation, with proposed penalties totaling $239,290. Federal inspectors found merchandise stacked and stored unsafely at a Pooler, Georgia, T.J. Maxx store, exposing workers to struck-by hazards from falling boxes and preventing […]

Preparing for a Worksite Inspection

As a safety professional, there will come a time where all your efforts will be tested, examined, and critiqued by an external governing body. Just hearing the phrase “OSHA inspection” can bring anxiety and fear into the mix. Before you know it, you’re scrambling to find and organize all the relevant information you need to […]

Dollar General Facing New $342K OSHA Fine

On November 22, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced new citations and $341,842 in new proposed penalties for discount retailer Dollar General. OSHA already had placed Dollar General Corp. and its parent Dolgencorp LLC in the agency’s severe violators enforcement program (SVEP) and has proposed penalties totaling $15 million. OSHA inspectors found merchandise […]

Boston-Area Contractors Cited in Mezzanine Collapse

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited two project contractors after a demolition contractor lost his legs when a concrete mezzanine platform on the west wall of a building at the former Boston Edison power plant in south Boston collapsed during demolition and asbestos abatement operations. Two other workers suffered injuries, the agency announced […]

EPA Enhances Fenceline Monitoring and Enforcement Websites

The EPA continues to expand the functionality of its interactive Benzene Fenceline Monitoring Dashboard and its Enforcement and Compliance History (ECHO) website. These tools provide information on environmental compliance and enforcement for communities across the United States. “Through improved transparency, advanced technologies and community participation, these tools empower the public to help EPA assure compliance […]

Retail and Hospitality Industries Hit with Hazardous Waste Violations

For the last few years, many “big box” retailers have found themselves the subject of hazardous waste enforcement suits after California enforcement agencies conducted “dumpster dive” inspections to determine exactly what kind of waste is being disposed of by these companies. These retailers include Target Corp., Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Whole Foods Market California Inc., and […]

Back to Basics: OSHA Top 10 Edition

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine OSHA’s top 10 most frequently cited violations in FY 2022. Every year, OSHA releases a list of the top 10 most violated workplace standards. Recently, Patrick Kapust, acting director of OSHA’s […]

Judge Rejects RCRA MPU Exemption

A recent decision by an EPA administrative law judge (ALJ) rejected an EPA argument of its interpretation of the Manufacturing Process Unit (MPU) exemption. The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) governs the EPA’s authority to regulate the proper management of hazardous and nonhazardous solid waste.  The Act determines the boundary where the manufacturing process […]

Ohio Manufacturer Facing $1.2 Million OSHA Fine

On October 27, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it cited an Ohio manufacturer with eight willful violations, one repeat violation, six serious violations, and one other-than-serious violation after the company’s seventh severe worker injury in five years. Cited violations included exposing workers to machine hazards by failing to properly guard and lock […]

The Problem With Pesticides

The recent report “How the EPA’s lax regulation of dangerous pesticides is hurting public health and the US economy” by the Brookings Institution highlights ways the EPA is lagging behind the rest of the world in regulating pesticides to protect human and wildlife health. The report lists approximately 85 agricultural pesticides that are still approved […]