OSHA head calls for stiffer fines

OSHA Healthcare Connection, March 23, 2010

OSHA fines need to be increased and pegged to inflation, says David Michaels, assistant secretary for the Department of Labor. Michaels testified last week before the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections in support of the Protecting America's Workers Act (PAWA).

Michaels explained that OSHA fines have increased only once in 40 years, giving some “unscrupulous employers” the cost-effective incentive to continue operating an unsafe workplace rather than correcting health and safety problems.

For more on Michaels’ testimony and a link to frequent OSHA’s fines in medical practices, read the featured post on the OSHA Healthcare Advisor.

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