by Gregory S. Narsh, Esq.
Many industries that are subject to environmental regulations are also covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act. When hazardous substances or wastes are involved, that triggers environmental regulations. When employees are involved, the OSHA Act applies.
But the similarity often ends there.
Breaking some environmental laws can result in liability stretching into the millions of dollars.
Not so with OSHA, the law that’s designed to protect the health and safety of America’s workers. OSHA penalties have, historically, been only a fraction of their counterparts in the environmental world. And only once in the 40 or so years since OSHA was created have penalties increased.
For some employers, the low cost of OSHA penalties has provided little incentive to protect workers. That’s all about to change.
New enforcement scheme
In 2003, OSHA established its Enhanced Enforcement Program (EEP) to crack...(register to read more)