Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) March 17, 2014
Dufour Seminars announces that they will be hosting a webinar on Cal/OSHA Compliance & Inspection Management. It will take place from 9 a.m. – noon on March 19 and will cover Cal/OSHA inspections, citation issuance and the appeals process, as well as recent changes in the law and how they will affect businesses.
Recent data available from osha.gov’s inspection database indicates that in the last 12 months to-date, California OSHA (Cal/OSHA) has assessed $44.7 million in penalties. This eclipses the previous highest year at $30 million by a 50 percent increase. (https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/citation.html)
What is even more remarkable is that federal OSHA, which enforces its standards in 29 states without state-approved private sector enforcement programs, assessed $145 million in penalties. This sum is only three times Cal/OSHA’s penalties, which is significantly out of proportion to population and employment. (The states under federal jurisdiction include populous and industrialized states like New York, Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Illinois, Florida and Massachusetts).
This increasing punitive trend is due to changes in California law, which dramatically increased penalties for serious citations, and a liberalized definition of serious violation that results in more such citations and makes them harder to appeal. To make matters worse, Cal/OSHA is expanding its field staff by adding approximately 20 inspectors and will be changing the definition of a repeat violation to state-wide versus establishment and expanding the time limit from three to five years.
Those responsible for OSHA compliance at a workplace in California cannot afford to be blindsided by a Cal/OSHA inspection and its consequences.
Dufour Seminars & Training hosts training in selected regulatory topics, including Cal/OSHA compliance, environmental regulatory update, DOT hazardous materials transportation and hazardous & universal waste management. Dufour provides an affordable opportunity for companies and public sector employees to obtain cost-effective practical training on California regulatory requirements and enforcement trends and establish a relationship with Dufour Law. For more information, visit their website at http://dufour-seminars.com/.
About the company:
Dufour Seminars & Training is closely linked to Dufour Law's expert environmental/OSHA defense representation, regulatory compliance and loss prevention-related legal and consulting services for clients. Once part of the Dufour services "family," participants have access to a wealth of knowledge not available from any other service. James Dufour's commitment to the business community goes beyond the traditional standards of client service. He has been a dedicated business advocate and has fought for reasonable regulatory standards and a more common-sense approach to regulations for decades. That is why leading business organizations like the California Chamber of Commerce, California Hotel & Lodging Association, California Apartment Association, California Dental Association and many corporations have retained Dufour to devise their compliance programs, in addition to representing organizations and members against enforcement actions.