OSHA Penalty Adjustments to Take Effect in August 2016

Next month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will make it’s first adjustment to civil penalties due to inflation since 1990.

OSHA’s maximum penalties will increase by 78 percent. And going forward, OSHA will continue to adjust its penalties for inflation on an annual basis based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

The new penalties will take effect on August 1, 2016. Any citations issued after that date will be subject to the new penalty amounts if the related violations occurred after November 2, 2015.

Both “Serious/Other-Than-Serious Posting Requirements” and “Failure to Abate” violations will increase from the current maximum penalty of $7,000 per violation to a new maximum penalty of $12,471 per violation. If a violation is considered “Willful or Repeated”, the maximum penalty will increase from $70,000 per violation to $124,709 per violation.

For more information on the new penalties, you can visit the OSHA website by clicking here.

Updates in the 2016 Emergency Response Guidebook

An updated version of the Emergency Response Guidebook for 2016 has been released, and while the bulk of the information remains the same, there are still several updates to the new edition you should make yourself familiar with if you are a first responder.

The Emergency Response Guidebooks (or ERGs) are updated every four years in a joint effort from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Transport Canada and Mexico’s Secretariat of Transport and Communications. The revised 2016 version include general updates to the 2012 edition, expanded sections and hundreds of technical changes.

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OSHA Issues Final Rule to ‘Nudge’ Employers to Prevent Workplace Injury & Illness

Last month, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule to help modernize injury data collection. This will help to better inform workers, employers, the public and OSHA about workplace hazards.

OSHA requires many employers to keep a record of injuries and illnesses to help these employers and their employees identify hazards, fix problems and prevent additional injuries and illnesses. However, little to no information about worker injuries and illnesses at individual employers is made available to OSHA.

Under this new rule, employers in high-hazard industries will send OSHA injury and illness data that the employers are already required to collect, and then post that data to the agency’s website.

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New Product Alert: Aveho Odor Neutralizer

Spill 911 is excited to announce the addition of a new line of odor neutralizing products to our website. Aveho Odor Neutralizer, made by Ultra-Tech International, Inc., is an industrial-strength solution to neutralizing even the most intense odors.

Many traditional odor control solutions (air fresheners, baking soda, etc.) have limitations as to how effective they can be against strong and pungent odors. With Aveho, these limitations are eliminated.

Aveho odor removal technology is an engineered material consisting of micro-sized particles that capture and physically bind odor-causing compounds or catalytically convert the odor molecules into non-odorous molecules.

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