Most employers dread the realization that OSHA may knock on their workplace door at any time. Having an OSHA inspector (they're actually called CSHOs - pronounced co-show - which stands for Compliance Safety and Health Officer) knock on the door is often intimidating, even when you have nothing to hide. In many respects, it can be comparable to getting an IRS audit letter in the mail. First reaction is typically one of anxiety. That's understandable. This post is intended to
On November 2, Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Agreement Act of 2015 after it was passed by Congress. This budget sets the overall spending limits and general funding priorities. The Budget Agreement enacted is comprehensive making it easy to slip in some language which allows OSHA to increase its penalty limits in a one-time jump and then have it indexed to inflation from there on out. The last time the penalty limits were adjusted (for inflation) was in the early 1990s.
7 Ways That Safety Performance Impacts Your Business 1. Injuries are expensive According to OSHA, workplace injuries and illnesses have a major impact on an employer's bottom line. The Department of Labor estimated that employers pay almost $1 billion per week for direct workers' compensation costs alone. The costs of workplace injuries and illnesses include direct and indirect costs. Direct costs include workers' compensation payments, medical expenses, and expenses for lega