Are you aware that a U.S. Court of Appeals shortened the period of time companies can be cited for Occupational Safety and Health Administration reporting violations?
In April, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit drastically shortened the time period companies can be cited for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reporting violations; the court reversed a decision of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and long-standing agency precedent. OSHA’s current practice is to cite employers for record-keeping violations that occurred up to five years in the past, but Section 9(c) of the OSH Act, 29 U.S.C. 658(c), states: "No citation may be issued
after the expiration of six months following the occurrence of any violation."
For more information about the case that led to the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals, read Professional Roofing's May Focus column, "Finally, some breathing room."
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