OSHA Enforcement to Stiffen

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is intensifying its enforcement efforts in 2010 by making increased use of corporate wide settlement agreements and rolling out a new program for egregious violators, known as the Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

Also, OSHA is hiring more than 100 new inspectors in 2010 as well as reviewing its Field Operations Manual to change the way field inspectors calculate fines, resulting in higher average penalties.