The latest issue of our weekly Workplace Safety and Health newsletter is available for viewing and contains the following articles:
MSHA Proposes Far-Reaching Penalty and Citation Changes. MSHA has proposed profound changes to its Part 100 penalty assessment process and seeks to change how inspectors determine “serious” violations. It appears the changes would bypass controlling law on “significant and substantial” violations. MSHA also proposes to limit the authority of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission (FMSHRC) to review contests of a violation or penalty.
More Sites Added to OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program. The number of sites added to OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement program (SVEP) has increased by 23% from last year. A total of 423 sites were SVEP-listed as of July 1, when the program entered its fifth year, compared to 343 last year, an increase of 80.
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