OSHA Fines Set to Increase and OSHA 300 Recordkeeping

 
 
 
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For Companies That Are Serious About Employee Safety

 
Issue No. 2 - February 2016
 
 
 
OSHA Fines Set to Increase
Fines for violating federal workplace safety regulations are officially going up for the first time in 25 years. The Director of OSHA, Dr. David Michaels stated "Simply put, OSHA penalties must be increased to provide a real disincentive for employers accepting injuries and worker deaths as a cost of doing business." By August 1, 2016, OSHA fines are anticipated to rise by as much as 82 percent. 


 
 
Inconsistent Recordkeeping

Employers with more than ten employees and whose establishments are not classified as a partially exempt industry must record work-related injuries and illnesses using OSHA Forms 300, 300 A and 301, available here. Partially exempt industries include establishments in specific low hazard retail, service, finance, insurance or real estate industries and are listed in Appendix A to Subpart B here. Employers that meet these criteria must submit a record log for 2015 work-related injuries and illness between February 1, 2016 and April 30, 2016. Failure to submit a complete and accurate record log will result in heavy OSHA penalties and fines up to $125,000. With today's new safety requirements, all employers should be proactive about keeping their workers safe.

 
 

Did You Know?
 
Leaders create a safety culture when they engage all employees, communicate a safety vision from the top down, model safe practices, and invest time and money in safety.

 
 


 
 
Contents
 
  • OSHA Fines Set to Increase
  • Inconsistent Recordkeeping
  • Recent Industry News
  • Did You Know?
  • Keep In Touch
 
Recent Industry News 

U.S. Department of Labor
 
Why This Counts: Slips, Trips and Falls in the Workplace (Linked here)

 
U.S. Department of Labor
 
Keeping Cleanup Workers Safe after Midwest Floods and Tornadoes (Linked here)

 
Occupational Safety
and Health Association
 
OSHA renews partnerships with the Independent Electrical Contractors Inc. to protect construction workers from electrical hazards and with the Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners to protect roadway construction workers.

 
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