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OIG's Pending Audit Could Drive New Push To Step Up OSHA Enforcement

November 30, 2017
The Labor Department's Office of Inspector General (OIG) is preparing a new audit examining whether penalties OSHA imposes on violators are having a deterrent effect and whether the agency is adequately publicizing penalty results, putting new pressure on the agency to strengthen its enforcement just as many in industry are hoping the agency will ease its enforcement efforts. “We will determine if OSHA's process for setting penalties (including modifications) deterred employers from future safety and health violations, and if the...

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