OSHA Issues New Guidelines for Workplace Violation Severity

The agency expands the application of “instance-by-instance” violation citations.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) unveiled new guidelines to increase enforcement for more “high-gravity” violations of their workplace regulations. Usually, OSHA groups workplace violations into a single write-up for companies, making recommendations and penalizations in one fell swoop. But to more accurately penalize companies in gross violation of OSHA regulations, OSHA has granted their area directors the authority to penalize companies on “instance-by-instance” citations, listing each violation separately to ensure full enforcement of workplace safety.

“Smart, impactful enforcement means using all the tools available to us when an employer ‘doesn’t get it’ and will respond to only additional deterrence in the form of increased citations and penalties,” explained Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health Doug Parker. “This is intended to be a targeted strategy for those employers who repeatedly choose to put profits before their employees’ safety, health and wellbeing. Employers who callously view injured or sickened workers simply as a cost of doing business will face more serious consequences.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Assistant Secretary Parker as he oversees the operations of OSHA.
  • For God to work through OSHA’s efforts protect the workers of America and allow ethical businesses to flourish.

Sources: Department of Labor


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