An Administrative Law Judge has held that the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) “may have authority under the Occupational Safety and Health Act” to order abatement measures sought by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration beyond the specific violations OSHA identified in its citations. Secretary v. Central Transport, LLC, OSHRC … Continue Reading
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Labor (DOL) announced last week an expansion of its worker endangerment initiative to address worker safety violations through the use of enhanced criminal fines and penalties.
According to Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates, “on an average … Continue Reading
As we mentioned in our previous blog, the bipartisan budget signed by President Obama on November 2, 2015 contains provisions that will allow OSHA to raise maximum penalties for the first time in 25 years.
The maximum initial “catch up adjustment” will be based on the difference between the October 2015 … Continue Reading
Employers beware! The new bipartisan budget, passed by both the House and the Senate and signed by President Obama on November 2, 2015, contains provisions that will raise OSHA penalties for the first time in 25 years.
The budget allows for an initial penalty “catch up adjustment,” which must be in … Continue Reading
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has just released a substantial update to its Field Operations Manual (FOM), CPL 02-00-159 (October 1, 2015). The FOM is a reference document for OSHA field personnel that provides enforcement policies and procedures in conducting OSHA investigations.
Last week OSHA issued its updated National Emphasis Program on Amputations (NEP). Instruction CPL 03-00-019 (June 30, 2015). Take that juxtaposed against OSHA’s citation in a recent case where on his first day on the job a 21-year-old employee suffered severe burns and the loss of four fingers.
National Emphasis Program on … Continue Reading
OSHA, through a rulemaking, is seeking to build a work-a-round to a D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals opinion on issuing citations for recordkeeping violations that are more than six months old. 80 Fed. Reg. 45116 (July 29, 2015).
OSHA has just published a Standard Interpretation (Interpretation) to provide guidance on the enforcement of the Process Safety Management (PSM) Standard’s “recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices” (RAGAGEP) requirements, including how to interpret “shall” and “should” language in published codes, standards, published technical reports, recommended practices, and similar documents.
According to … Continue Reading
In a decision last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) found that the six month statute of limitations for OSHA to cite an employer does not apply to Process Safety Management (PSM) violations that present a continuing hazard. Secretary of Labor v. Delek … Continue Reading
Thomas Galassi, Director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, through a very short Memorandum (Memo), announced that OSHA has just added employers in the Oil and Gas Production Services and Drilling and Well Servicing industries to its High-Emphasis Hazards in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program.