Groundbreaking OSHA Developments in 2015 to Directly Impact 2016 — and Beyond

As is often the case, the year’s end signals an opportunity to look back and reflect on significant developments that have occurred, to turn one’s attention forward – and to think ahead. This annual focus can relate to almost anything, including politics, entertainment, your health, your family, and yes – even the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Now that 2016 is in full swing, we can see that 2015 was a groundbreaking year for OSHA. During that time, OSHA unveiled significant changes to some of its policies and regulations. These developments include a significant increase in citation penalties, an new mandate requiring employers to electronically report workplace illness and injury, a new enforcement-weighting system to promote more complex inspections, and an updated Field Operations Manual. There is little doubt that these updates will have an effect on employers, and the way they do business, both in 2016 and the years to come.

For a more in-depth analysis and discussion of OSHA’s latest developments, please see our recent article in IndustryWeek, “Groundbreaking OSHA Developments in 2015 to Directly Impact 2016 — and Beyond.” A complete copy of the article can be found here.

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