On October 16, 2018, Eric J. Conn and Amanda R. Walker of Conn Maciel Carey’s national OSHA Practice Group presented a webinar: “Everything You Never Wanted to Know about OSHA Repeat, Willful and Egregious Violations.”
During the Obama Era, OSHA sharpened its enforcement teeth considerably by rewriting policies to characterize more violations as repeat and willful, and by significantly increasing its civil penalty authority. Now, OSHA violations characterized as Repeat or Willful carry penalties up to approx. $126,000 each. But what are Repeat and Willful violations? And what are these “Egregious” (or per-instance) citations OSHA has been issuing more and more often that lead to multi-million dollar enforcement actions?
This webinar covered the legal standard for Repeat, Willful and Egregious violations, the circumstances most often associated with them, the consequences for receiving them, and how OSHA’s enforcement policies have resulted in significant increases in the frequency with which we see them.
Participants in this webinar learned:
- The legal standards OSHA must meet to establish Repeat and Willful violations
- Background and details about OSHA’s Egregious / Per-Instance Enforcement Policy
- Policy changes that have resulted in more Repeat and Egregious violations
- Impacts of these aggravated characterizations, including qualifying into the Severe Violator Enforcement Program, facing criminal charges, etc.
- What employers should do to avoid Repeat and Willful citations
The October 16th webinar was the tenth webinar event in Conn Maciel Carey’s 2018 OSHA Webinar Series. If you missed any of our prior webinars in the 2018 series or webinars from past years’ OSHA Webinar Series, here is a link Conn Maciel Carey’s webinar archive.
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