After reviewing the
certified e-mail of the citations and penalties I’ve received, There are some
approaches I am able to take. I will summarize the options available to me.
Some steps I am required to take. Contacts I can make, and documentation
necessary to responding to these citations and penalties.
Some options I am available is if I agree to the
notifications of the citations and penalty, I must fix the condition by the
date set in the citation and pay the penalty. Another option I have available
to me is if I do not agree to these citations and penalties I have fifteen
working days from the date I received the citation to argue in writing any or
all of the following: proposed penalty; citation and/or abatement date. Lastly,
I may request an informal conference with the OSHA local director within the
fifteen working-day period to discuss any issues relevant to the notification
of my citations and penalties. Before deciding to contest the citation, OSHA
reassures me to phone the local OSHA local office upon notification of the
citations to talk about any problems.
Employers must be accountable to provide a safe
workplace. Employers will give their employees a workplace that doesn’t have extreme
dangers and will follow all OSHA safety and health standards. Employers must asset
and fix safety and health problems. Steps employers are required to take are to
display the official OSHA Job Safety and Health “It’s the Law” poster that
explains the rights and responsibilities under the OSHA Act. This poster is
free and can be downloaded from www.osha.gov.
Notify employees about chemical dangers through proper training, labels,
alarms, color-coded systems, chemical information sheets and other methods.
Provide safety training to employees in a way they can understand. Keep
authentic records of work-related injuries and illnesses. Perform tests in the
workplace, such as air sampling, required by some OSHA standards. Provide OSHA
required personal protective equipment with no money from the employees. Accommodate
hearing exams or other medical tests required by OSHA standards. Place OSHA
citations and injury and illness records where employees can see them. Inform
OSHA within eight hours of a workplace death or within 24 hours of any
work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye (1-800-321-OSHA
6742). Don’t go against workers for using their rights under the law,
including their right to discuss a work-related injury or illness.
is to be delivered to the local director. A well thought out written plan of
abatement should outline a schedule for the application of engineering measures
to control workers exposures as explained in all my citation. This plan should
involve, at a minimum, a target dates for the following citation actions which
must be on time with the dates required by all citations.