OSHA’s Penalties Adjusting in 2019
OSHA’s civil penalties for violations of safety standard will increase in 2019 as adjusted for inflation. The new adjusted maximum penalty amounts for willful and repeat violations will be $132,598 per violation; serious, other-than-serious, and posting violation requirements will be $13,260 per violation; and failure to abate violations will be $13,260 per day beyond the abatement date. Violations of safety standards are expensive. Therefore, time and money invested in developing and maintaining an excellent safety culture is a good investment.
2018 Injury/Illness Summary Form 300A Must Be Posted Beginning February 1
Employers must post a copy of OSHA Form 300A each year from February 1 to April 30. OSHA Form 300A summarizes job-related injuries and illnesses logged during the calendar year 2018. This form must be posted and displayed in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted. Failure to post Form 300A from February 1 to April 30 creates risk of a citation by OSHA should a Compliance Health and Safety Officer notice the violation during an inspection.
New Pamphlet on Snow Removal Addresses Worker Safety
OSHA has a new resource to assist employers with providing safe procedures in snow removal operations. Further information can be found here. OSHA recommends training of workers on the signs of cold stress and common hazards with snow and ice removal.