OSHA Fines Increase for First Time Since Early ’90s

Did you know that OSHA recently increased penalty amounts for those businesses found in violation of the Federal Occupational Safety & Health Laws?  The increase took affect on August 1, 2016 and comes as a result of federal penalty adjustments mandated by Congress in 2015. This change may affect a variety of businesses and industries, so it is important that you know what these changes could mean for your organization.

Below is a list of the new penalties based on violation:

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To learn more about this increase or to find the variety of options for employers looking for compliance assistance, visit the OSHA website.

OSHA amends Dipping and Coating Operations

news-636978_960_720The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently amended OH Part 526 Dipping and Coating Operations, effective March 15, 2016. OH Part 526 provides guidelines for Michigan employers and employees on dipping and coating procedures.

To see the amendments to OH Part 526 Dipping and Coating Operations, click here.

Know the Signs

According to OSHA regulations, signs indicating general danger or caution must be visible at all times when work is being performed.  When the hazards no longer exist, the signs should be removed or covered. 

  • Danger Signs should be used only if an immediate hazard exists, (colors should include red, black, and white)
  • Caution Signs should be used to simply warn against any potential hazards or unsafe actions, (colors should include yellow and black)

Using these signs accordingly and for their intended purposes will help decrease the risk of work related injuries.  VIew www.osha.gov for more information.