September 26, 2021
OSHRC Sets High Bar For Willful Violations in Noise Exposure Cases
A new Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) raises the already-high bar OSHA must clear to cite employers for a willful violation of its noise exposure standard, holding that the agency must go beyond showing that an employer had a heightened awareness of the standard. The two-member commission’s unanimous Aug. 27 decision in Secretary of Labor v. Home Rubber Company, LP largely upholds a 2016 noise exposure citation OSHA levied against the New Jersey rubber-goods manufacturer Home Rubber...
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