January 26, 2023

It’s That Time of Year – OSHA Posting PLUS…

It’s that time of year. If you employ at least 11 employees and are not otherwise exempt from OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements, you must post the OSHA Form 300A from February 1st through April 30th, each year. But wait, there’s more!

Fines and penalties for non-compliance were just increased. Plus, on January 26th, the agency announced new guidance that enables and reminds inspectors to not group violations but to issue a “citation of each instance of a violation.”

Covered conditions include lockout/tagout, machine guarding, permit-required confined space, respiratory protection, falls, trenching and for cases with other-than-serious violations specific to recordkeeping.

The change is intended to ensure OSHA personnel are applying the full authority of the Occupational Safety and Health Act where increased citations are needed to discourage non-compliance. The new guidance covers enforcement activity in general industry, agriculture, maritime and construction industries, and becomes effective 60 days from Jan. 26, 2023.

Not sure if your company is exempt? Find your NAICS code and click here.