OSHA Increasing Its Fines: Why You Should Care

For the first time since the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990, OSHA is raising federal fines for workplace-safety violations. The cause of the increase is a new congressional budget signed into law by President Obama on November 3, 2015. Penalty increases of around 80 percent are expected as OSHA issues an interim final rule before August 1, 2016. This would increase maximum fines for willful violations of federal safety regulations from $70,000 to approximately…

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Fed-OSHA fines to rise for first time since 1990

Federal penalties for workplace-safety violations were increased this week for the first time since 1990, thanks to a little-noticed provision of the budget bill signed into law by President Barack Obama. The move would bring the fines in line with inflation over the past 25 years. In the future, fines from Fed-OSHA and state workplace-safety agencies would continue to rise with inflation. From Wall Street Journal

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10 Combustible Dust Explosion Prevention Recommendations

OSHA and the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety offer the following recommendations for reducing the potential for combustible dust explosions. OSHA: Implement a hazardous dust inspection, testing, housekeeping and control program. Use proper dust collection systems. Regularly inspect for dust residues in open and hidden areas. If ignition sources are present, use cleaning methods that do not generate dust clouds. Control smoking, open flames and sparks, including mechanical sparks and friction. CCOHS: Refrain…

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