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

El Paso Employer Facing $292K OSHA Fine for Corrosives Exposures

An El Paso, Texas, jewelry metal-plating finisher faces Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines totaling $292,693 for failing to protect employees working with dangerous acids and other chemicals from potentially permanent eye injuries, the agency announced February 28. The agency cited Arizona Traders Co., doing business as Siltec, Inc., with 12 serious workplace safety […]

OSHA’s Process Safety Standard­: Requirements, Enforcement, Future

Improperly handling highly hazardous chemicals can result in chemical accidents: unexpected releases of explosive, flammable, reactive, or toxic gases and liquids. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) process safety management (PSM) standard sets out industry requirements for preventing or minimizing catastrophic releases of chemicals, and it applies across many industries. Preventing chemical accidents involves […]

Environmental Groups Sue EPA to Finalize Ship Ballast Dumping Water Rules

The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and Friends of the Earth sued the EPA in the Northern District of California on February 6, 2023, for failing to finalize nationwide standards that would protect U.S. waterways from harmful vessel discharges. The lawsuit states the EPA is more than 2 years behind schedule to establish standards for […]

Federal Panel Upholds Walmart’s OSHA Citation

A federal panel affirmed that Walmart Inc. violated federal workplace safety standards at its warehouse in Johnstown, New York, when it failed to prevent stored merchandise from falling onto, and seriously injuring, an employee, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced February 24. The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission concluded that OSHA correctly […]

Dollar Tree Store Facing $254K in OSHA Fines

Dollar Tree Inc. faces $254,478 in new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines for three repeat violations at its Mount Pleasant, Texas, store, the agency announced February 23. OSHA inspectors reported finding that the employer allowed storeroom merchandise to block exits and walkways and had stacked boxes high enough to fall on workers. Inspectors […]

Texas Dental Workers Win Back Wages Over COVID-19 Concerns

A dental hygienist and dental assistant have won $15,706 in back wages to be paid by the North Texas dentists who fired them for raising concerns about COVID-19 safety measures in spring 2020 following a federal whistleblower investigation conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and litigation filed by the Department of Labor […]

Fishing Vessel Facing $208K in OSHA Fines

The owner and operator of a 472-ton Alaskan seafood processing vessel faces $208,983 in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) penalties, the agency announced February 16. OSHA cited Christos Tsabouris and East West Seafoods LLC for 2 repeat serious violations, 17 serious violations, and 1 other-than-serious violation on the F/V Pacific Producer. During a joint […]

Infographic: OSHA Inspections

This week is EHS Daily Advisor’s Compliance Week, which exists to help safety professionals stay up to date with the latest safety compliance rules and regulations. One of the biggest parts of compliance is using the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) guidelines and requirements for safety in the workplace when developing safety programs. Because of this, […]

EHSDA Shorts: Avoiding Fall Protection Violations

On this week’s episode of EHSDA Shorts, we hear from Karen Hamel, regulatory expert and trainer at HalenHardy, on her thoughts about how to avoid OSHA’s number one most-violated standard: fall protection. Tune in to hear her insights.