Safety and OSHA News

Federal budget includes first increase in OSHA fines in 15 years

It’s not a done deal yet, but it appears OSHA fines could increase in 2016 due to language in the federal budget bill that’s been agreed upon between Republicans in Congress and the Obama administration. The fines could increase almost 80% in one jump, and increase annually by the rate of inflation after that.

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OSHA in the next two years: Could its budget actually go up?

Fact: The last time the U.S. had a Republican Congress and Democratic President (1999-2000), OSHA’s budget actually went up. How did that happen? And, could it happen again?

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Surprise: Obama proposes budget increase for OSHA

With the Obama administration proposing big budget cuts for some agencies, such as a 13% drop for EPA, it may come as somewhat of a surprise that OSHA’s budget would go up under the President’s proposed 2012 budget. [Read more…]

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OSHA violations: Time for ‘creative sentencing?’

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Democrats in Congress and the Obama administration want to increase OSHA fines as a deterrent so companies don’t skimp on safety. Republicans, who will control the U.S. House in January, say it’s big government trying to get bigger. Should the U.S. look north for a compromise? [Read more…]

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Top 10 OSHA fines of 2009

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In the first year of the Obama administration, OSHA was busy handing out fines the likes of which hadn’t been seen for eight years. Here’s our rundown of 10 significant fines from the last 12 months, and what they mean for businesses: [Read more…]

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Work on pending OSHA regulations halted

There will be a slight delay before the Obama administration issues a slew of new OSHA regulations. [Read more…]

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