2018 OSHA Penalties Increased To Adjust for Inflation

On Jan. 2, 2018, civil penalties for violations of OSHA standards and regulations increased to adjust for inflation. The civil penalties were increased for a variety of regulated areas, such as: Immigration, Child Labor, Wage and Hour, MSHA and OSHA.

Cold Stress: Working Safely in the Cold

Workers may be required to work outdoors in cold environments and for extended periods and many workers may not know the signs and symptoms of cold stress, including conditions such as hypothermia, frostbite or trench foot.

Risks of Working in the Cold

Workers in cold weather can be exposed to serious health problems such as hypothermia, frostbite and trench foot. In certain instances, workers exposed to severe weather without personal protection equipment can also suffer shock that could lead to death.

Battery Powered Forklift Training and Associated Hazards

OSHA requires that every forklift operator be trained and certified to operate the powered industrial truck in the workplace, and that the operator’s performance be evaluated under the provisions of 1910.178(l)(3) every three years.

Worker Safety in Post-Hurricane Cleanup

Disaster cleanup work is extremely hazardous. According to a nationwide network of workplace health and safety groups, more recovery workers could die from the cleaning up after hurricanes Harvey and Irma than were killed by the storms.

Common Workplace Safety Hazards

Safety hazards are unsafe working conditions that that can cause injury, illness and death. Safety hazards most commonly include tasks related to working at heights, chemicals, housekeeping, electrical, forklifts, lockout/tagout and confined spaces.