OSHA News

2020 OSHA Penalty Amounts Increased

Understanding OSHA's Penalty Adjustments Until five years ago, OSHA had not raised their penalty amounts since 1990. Now, with the Inflation Adjustment Act, OSHA is required to annually adjust penalty amounts by January 15th. Fines increased by approximately 80% on August 1, 2016 and are adjusted annually moving forward. This year the penalty increase became effective on January 15, 2020. The good news is that the maximum penalty amounts did not increase drastically overall. Serious, other-than-serious, and failure to abate violations saw only a $234.00 penalty maximum increase.  Willful and repeat violations experienced a higher increase at $2,339.00. The table below displays the current penalty amounts for 2020. Please note that some

By |2020-01-20T14:41:29+00:00January 20th, 2020|Construction, General Industry, OSHA News, Safety Management|

OSHA’s Emphasis on Amputations

Updated 12/17/19 Amputations in the Workplace When you hear the word "amputation," many people believe that it may never happen to them or their employees. Amputations are widespread and involve a variety of activities and equipment. According to the most recent Bureau Labor Statistics data, manufacturing employers reported that 2,000 workers suffered amputations in 2013. The rate of amputations in the manufacturing sector was more than twice as much as that in the entire private industry. Every one of these amputations could have been prevented. Since OSHA updated the reporting procedures on January 1, 2015, all amputations must be reported to OSHA within 24 hours. In August 2015, OSHA updated their National Emphasis Program on Amputations

By |2019-12-17T22:20:24+00:00December 17th, 2019|Blog Articles, OSHA News|

OSHA Final Rule: Respirator Fit Testing

New Protocols for Respirator Fit Testing Released The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has released a final rule regarding respirator fit testing protocols. OSHA already had protocol procedures in place but made two modifications in order to help ensure that respirators are fitting workers properly. Employers are required to fit test their employees if respirators are needed in the workplace. Lancaster Safety Consulting, Inc. can help employers evaluate the need for respirator use and also help develop a workplace respiratory program. One of Lancaster Safety's Consultants has observed hundreds of workplaces and said he is surprised by the number of employers that are unaware of their

By |2020-02-05T22:05:21+00:00September 30th, 2019|Blog Articles, OSHA News, Safety Management|

Highlights from the 2019 NSC Congress & Expo

The National Safety Council (NSC) focuses on eliminating preventable deaths at work, on the road and in homes and communities. Each year they host a safety conference that attracts safety professionals from all over the country. They have professional development seminars, learning labs, technical sessions (with a new technology topic) and trade show booths all available for attendees. This year’s event was held on September 7-13th at the San Diego Convention Center. This week-long event hosted ample opportunities for safety professionals to learn, engage and discover something new. Topics that received more focus included active shooter and workplace violence prevention, where safety fits into the future, and what’s new with OSHA. Active Shooter

By |2019-09-17T12:12:58+00:00September 16th, 2019|Blog Articles, OSHA News, Safety Management|

OSHA’s National Emphasis Programs

High Risk Industries OSHA is Targeting for Inspections Many have heard about National Emphasis Programs (NEPs), but few actually understand just how far-reaching these programs are and what they are actually designed to accomplish. These are temporary programs that allow OSHA to concentrate their resources on specific hazards, both existing and new, in an effort to curb and hopefully eliminate the rate of occurrence. By using the latest data and resources available to evaluate specific hazards and focus on solutions, the goal is to identify potential risks and put protocols in place to secure the safety of the workplace. OSHA provides compliance assistance resources in the form of printed, online, video and audio instruction

By |2019-12-17T22:06:06+00:00April 22nd, 2019|Blog Articles, Construction, General Industry, OSHA News, Safety Management|

Comply with New York City Local Law 196

What is New York City Local Law 196? 2017 was a tragic year in the construction industry for New York City and all over the United States. Ten people died in falling-related accidents on construction sites in 2017, according to reports filed with New York City’s Department of Buildings. New York City Council proposed Local Law 196 in 2017 to prevent additional worksite fatalities. In October 2017, the measure was signed into law, gradually phasing in more robust workplace safety rules. Who Needs to Comply? All construction and demolition workers on site-safety jobs in New York City. Safety & Health Training Required  As of December 1st, 2018,

By |2019-06-10T14:04:41+00:00February 25th, 2019|Blog Articles, Construction, OSHA News, Safety Management|

Maximum OSHA Fines are Increasing in 2019!

The Maximum OSHA Penalty is Increasing Again in 2019 Until four years ago, OSHA had not raised their penalty amounts since 1990. Now, with the Inflation Adjustment Act, OSHA is required to annually adjust penalty amounts by January 15th. Fines increased by approximately 80% on August 1, 2016 and are adjusted annually moving forward. Listed below are the current OSHA penalty amounts for 2019. This year the penalty increase adjusted on January 23, 2019 due to the government shut downs. The Best Way to Avoid OSHA Fines is a Proactive Workplace Safety Culture! Be proactive, rather than reactive, when it comes to your company’s safety and health program. First start a Safety Committee and began creating

By |2019-05-17T20:14:10+00:00January 27th, 2019|Blog Articles, OSHA News|

Recordkeeping & Reporting FAQs

Updated January 2019 What's Recordable? Each year, OSHA requires certain employers to complete the OSHA packet and have the 300A Summary form posted by February 1st. Filling out the OSHA 300 packet and also trying to determine what is, or is not considered a recordable injury can be confusing at times. For this reason, Lancaster Safety Consulting, Inc. (LSCI) hosts an annual Recordkeeping webinar which is available for free! Register for one of our webinars today by clicking here. Must-know OSHA Recordkeeping Basics: Q: Where can I find the OSHA Recordkeeping Packet? A: Download it here! Q: When does the OSHA 300A form need to be posted? A: February 1st to April 30th Q: Who is required to maintain injury and illness records? A: Employers

By |2019-01-15T14:23:39+00:00January 14th, 2019|Blog Articles, Construction, General Industry, OSHA News, Safety Management|

Top 5 Most Common Recordkeeping Mistakes

Recordkeeping Requirements Apply to Most Business in the United States OSHA requires employers who had 11 or more employees at any time during the calendar year to keep a record of serious work-related injuries and illnesses. These injuries and illnesses are recorded on 300 Logs, and if you’re an employer who is required to complete them, you may be already be aware of how to complete them. However, below are some common mistakes that employers make regarding recordkeeping. Let's start the countdown with the top 5 most common recordkeeping errors we see as Safety & Health Professionals: 1. Forgetting to Post the OSHA 300 A Form Employers who are required to complete 300 Logs

By |2018-12-28T21:54:34+00:00December 27th, 2018|Blog Articles, Construction, General Industry, OSHA News, Safety Management|

OSHA Requirements Guide for Employers

What Does OSHA Require From Employers? If you have ever visited OSHA's website, you know there is so much information posted regarding the different safety and health requirements employers must follow in order to keep their employees safe on the job. We are going to breakdown the key rules and regulations starting with the top 3 basic duties for employers. Three Key Elements: Compliance with OSHA laws. Provide a workplace free from serious recognized hazards. Examine workplace conditions to ensure compliance. The foundation of a successful safety program is compliance with OSHA laws. Part of the LSCI approach is to stress the importance of creating a good safety culture at your workplace.

By |2019-05-07T19:36:49+00:00August 15th, 2018|Blog Articles, Construction, General Industry, OSHA News, Safety Management|
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