Tag: inspection

DC Circuit Court Clarifies When a Final Rule is Final

In Humane Society of the U.S. v. USDA, a divided D.C. Circuit Court ruled that an agency must provide notice and an opportunity for comment when withdrawing a rule that has been filed for public inspection but not yet published in the Federal Register. What is public inspection? The National Archives Office of the Federal […]

OSHA Focusing On COVID-19 Inspections

On June 30, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it is extending its National Emphasis Program (NEP) for COVID-19 until further notice. The NEP was set to expire July 7. The agency also announced it is temporarily increasing its coronavirus inspection goal from 5% of inspections to 10% while it works to finalize […]

OSHA Cites Vehicle Parts Maker Following SVEP Inspection

On June 30, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced citations for two repeat, four serious, and two other-than-serious violations found during a Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP) follow-up inspection. Employers included in the agency’s SVEP are subject to mandatory follow-up inspections and increased agency pressure to abate cited hazards. General Aluminum Mfg. Company […]

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Safety 2020 (Virtual): Take Your Inspections and Audits Beyond Compliance

At Safety 2020, the annual conference of the American Society of Safety Professionals, presented virtually amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP, President of the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C., and Glenna Smith, CMSP, Director of Consulting and Training at McCraren Compliance, discussed the benefits and potential pitfalls of workplace safety audits […]

Agency Guidance Documents Restricted by Executive Orders

The Trump administration extended its campaign to curtail the power of federal agencies to “stifle economic growth and hurt small businesses” into the area of guidance documents. In two Executive Orders (EO) published October 9, 2019, President Donald Trump placed restrictions on the issuance of significant guidance documents as well as on how guidance documents […]

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EPA Deals Out Big Fines in Q3

In Q3, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized 158 settlement agreements with companies small and large across the United States. There was a definitive increase in enforcement actions, with only 106 penalties issued in the previous quarter. Here we highlight some of the biggest fines.

Inspector is taking notes to a notepad in front of a facility.

EHS Enforcement Begins (and Ends) with Your Permits

No one looks forward to the day when the regulatory authority arrives at your facility for an inspection.  Will he or she find issues of noncompliance?  Will an enforcement action or penalty be forthcoming?  But remember, the ultimate goal of the inspector is not to write up a notice of violation but to ensure your […]

Fall Safety Stand-Down Strategies: Elevate Your Worker Involvement

This week is the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) fall safety stand-down, and OSHA is encouraging employers to be creative about engaging employees in a discussion of fall hazards and fall protection. So when you’re planning your stand-down activities, look for ways to engage workers that go beyond your usual toolbox talk.