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July 26, 2010

Five Ways to Avoid OSHA "Willful and Repeated" Violations

Under new OSHA regulations, violations classified as "willful" and "repeated" carry much higher penalties (up to $70,000 per violation) and greater consequences (such as civil liability and adverse press attention) than occasional violations.

In the current EHS Today magazine, Arthur Sapper, former deputy general counsel of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission gives advice on how to avoid classification as a repeat offender.

They include:
  • Don't argue with the standards
  • Know your OSHA history
  • Don't ignore employee complaints or accident reports
  • Don't argue with the inspector
  • Consult a knowledgeable lawyer early on
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