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Written by Steve Hudgik
After a compliance officer finishes an inspection they report their findings and the OSHA area director then determines what citations, if any will be issued.
OSHA citations inform the employer and employees about the regulations and standards that may have been violated, and of the proposed length of time set for their abatement. The employer will receive the OSHA citations by certified mail. The employer must post a copy of each OSHA citation, at or near the place a violation occurred, for three days or until the violation is abated, whichever is longer.
OSHA citations are not issued as a penalty for an injury or fatality. They are issued to address violations of OSHA standards and for safety hazards identified by the OSHA compliance officer.
When an OSHA citation is issued there will also be a proposed penalty. The amount of the penalty will vary depending on the severity of the violation. The following are the categories of violations that OSHA may cite and the penalties that may be proposed:
There is a minimum penalty of $5,000 and a maximum of $70,000 for a willful violation. A proposed penalty may be adjusted downward, depending on the size of the business and its history of previous violations. In the case of an OSHA citation for a willful violation no credit is given for good faith.
If an employer is convicted of a willful violation that resulted in the death of an employee, the offense is punishable by a court-imposed fine or by imprisonment for up to six months, or both.
The way to avoid OSHA citations is to be in compliance with OSHA standards. Signs and labels have a major job to do to help accomplish this. They inform employees about safe work practices and warn about potential hazards. Signs direct employees, visitors and contractors along safe pathways and provide housekeeping information. Labels identify hazardous materials and show how to operate safety equipment.
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