Regulatory Rulings & Enforcement Activity

Under OSHA standards and regulations, employers are responsible for providing a safe workplace. This page contains information about OSHA’s enforcement activities.

OSHA recently issued a final rule to protect workers from the health hazards associated with respirable crystalline silica, including lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and kidney disease.

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Chevron has reached an agreement that will see it pay $2 million in fines and restitution with respect to a summer 2012 refinery fire that sent thousands of San Francisco-area residents to hospital with respiratory symptoms.

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One of, if not the scariest OSHA initiatives of recent years is the proposed  reinterpretation of the Occupational Noise Exposure standard (Section 1910.95) as requiring employers to implement more in the way of expensive engineering controls than in relatively inexpensive hearing protection.
OSHA quietly dropped the …

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What this employer did wrong and how to avoid making the same LOTO mistakes yourself.
Who Got Cited: A snack food plant in Cold Water, Ohio was fined $112,000, including $70,000 for 2 willful LOTO violations.
What Triggered the Inspection: OSHA got a complaint that a worker …

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In 1999, OSHA issued a proposal to require employers to pay for all  protective equipment, including personal protective equipment (PPE), with explicit exceptions for certain safety shoes, prescription safety  eyewear, and logging boots (64 FR 15402). The proposal cited two primary reasons for requiring employers …

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In response to last week’s blog about OSHA’s fining a Rochester, NY Wal-Mart $288,000 for 10 repeats from other stores, I got the following comment:
“Excellent piece, Glenn. You should also warn your readers about settling other-than-serious citations because OSHA may be setting them up for …

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Workplace safety and health hazards affecting California employees have traditionally been viewed as arising from unsafe work practices, hazardous industrial conditions, or exposures to harmful chemical, biologic or physical agents, not from violent acts committed by other human beings. Recently, though, employees, as well as …

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Final Rules 66:5916-6135, (1999, January 19). Revises rule addressing the recording and reporting of occupational injuries and illnesses (29 CFR parts 1904 and 1952), including the forms employers use to record those injuries and illnesses.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act (the “OSH Act” or “Act”) …

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There is no OSHA standard for workplace violence. However, OSHA interprets the so called general duty clause (below), which requires employers to prevent “known hazards,” as covering workplace violence.
SEC. 5. Duties
(a) Each employer —
(1) shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place …

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Sigma Processed Meats Inc. for 16 serious and three repeat violations following an inspection that found workers were exposed to fall and other hazards at the company’s processing plant in …

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