Fisher & Phillips released an article in the wake of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revving up rulemaking and workplace inspection initiatives. In August 2016, OSHA is implementing increased maximum penalties for health and safety violations for the first time since 1990. Under this new structure, OSHA is to consider “catch-up adjustments” to maximize penalty amounts in order to account for inflation with future increases that similarly will be inflation- driven. The article also outlines how OSHA’s recordkeeping and reporting requirements have changed significantly as well.
With the increase in workplace inspections across the agricultural industry, it is good to remember some of the steps for preparation and execution of an OSHA inspection. This article from NY state was prepared to help dairies who are being regularly inspected by state and federal OSHA authorities now but can be helpful across the industry.