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OSHA to clear confusion over stiffer penalties

September 10, 2010
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WILLOUGHBY, OH — On-the-fly changes can create chaos, but chances are nobody will mind the one Scott Cole recently made, according to The News-Herald.
Cole, director of the Lake County Safety Council, initially wanted the group''s upcoming meeting to focus on the prioritization of safety programs at businesses: Plans changed after he heard from several business owners who had been fined stiffly for the inability to meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, the article stated.
The Severe Violator Enforcement Program, enacted earlier this year, and modernization of OSHA''s injury and illness recordkeeping aren''t new developments, but their price tags are beginning to weigh down bank accounts, the article noted.
"A penalty could be upwards of $70,000 per violation," Cole said.
"Small companies could have a couple hundred grand wrapped up in this, and it could put them out of business," Cole added.
According to the article, in an effort to prevent that from happening, Cole will honor Safety Council members'' requests by hosting an OSHA official one week from today at the organization''s next meeting.
Eric Peterson, a compliance assistance specialist with OSHA''s Cleveland office and the U.S. Department of Labor, will address the crowd of Safety Council members and nonmembers and inform them of actions, environments and mishaps that could land them on the "severe violator" list, the article added.
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