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In an effort to make civil monetary penalties more effective, last year Congress passed the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. As part of this act, penalties under the Occupation Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), those enforced by OSHA, have been increased beginning Aug. 1, 2016.
At a recent International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR) meeting, Mark S. Dreux, a partner and head of the OSHA group at the Washington, District of Columbia, law firm Arent Fox LLP, gave a presentation on how facility personnel can manage the biggest challenges associated with an OSHA inspection.
Potential silica exposures present in tasks that include drilling, cutting concrete and stone
May 9, 2016
For the construction industry and affected Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) contractors, potential silica exposures are found in tasks that include drilling and cutting concrete and stone.
For employers, an increase in OSHA fines could be a costly problem, underscoring the importance of a robust and effective workplace safety policy. However, OSHA’s recent enforcement positions are creating confusion over how to implement an effective safety policy.
Companies can take steps to minimize the chances of workplace violence by understanding what the risk factors are and developing policies to minimize the opportunities for workers to be victims of such conduct. Due to the realities of workplace violence, companies should create policies and procedures for when violence does break out.
Inspectors found that about eight pounds of ammonia were released March 3, 2015
September 21, 2015
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) Wichita Area Office announced that it has cited the food processing facility of Reser’s Fine Foods, Topeka, Kansas, for 13 serious safety and health violations. OSHA opened an investigation at the company after receiving a complaint about an ammonia refrigerant leak.
Incident Tracker automatically generates OSHA 300, 300a, and 301 forms
August 11, 2015
BLR® – Business & Legal Resources, a provider of workplace safety and other services, has announced the launch of Incident Tracker, a new service designed to give subscribers affordable incident tracking for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance.