Criteria for returning to OSHA’s good graces

by on September 11, 2012 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

Here’s some ammunition that safety pros can use to help save their companies all sorts of trouble.

Case in point: The agency has just released its guidelines for companies that want to be released from its severe violators program.

The severe violators program raises fines and generates more inspections for companies that demonstrate indifference to safety compliance. The removal criteria are:

  • A three-year waiting period. This starts after “final disposition” of a severe-violator investigation, meaning one of the following: failure to contest, settlement agreement, Review Commission final order or court of appeals decision.
  • Clean record. All affirmed violations have been abated, all final penalties have been paid, the employer has abided by and completed all settlement provisions, and has not received any additional serious citations related to the hazards identified in the inspection. This means not only at the site of the initial inspection, but any site doing related work.


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