January 19, 2024

OSHA releases 2024 civic penalty amounts, NIOSH publishes substance use toolkit and more

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA adjusts civic penalty amounts for 2024

OSHA has released this year’s updated civic penalty amounts according to its annual inflation adjustments. Maximum penalties increased from $15,625 to $16,131 for serious and other-than-serious violations. For willful or repeated violations, the maximum penalty increased from $156,259 to $161,323. These penalty amounts went into effect January 16.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

New toolkit for addressing substance use disorders in the workplace

According to NIOSH, 46 million adult Americans experienced a substance use disorder in 2022. In an effort to address the opioid crisis, NIOSH and other agencies developed a toolkit to help businesses be a part of the solution. The Recovery-Ready Workplace Toolkit offers valuable resources for employers in any industry, providing guidance for hiring people in recovery and supporting recovery in the workplace.

The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP)

Tips for outcome-based education online

An ASSP article offers expert advice based on an ANSI/ASSP e-Learning standard to help make online safety training more meaningful. Seven tips are given to achieve success, beginning with a formula for outcome-based education, which begins with a needs assessment that guides trainers to develop learning objectives and a sound design. Other tips cover topics such as participant engagement, business alignment and training evaluation.

Studies, resources, trends, news

This Industrial Safety & Hygiene News column challenges readers to question how psychologically safe they and others might feel at work. Beginning with questions individuals can use to evaluate their own psychological safety, this article also highlights research in this field. The challenges of achieving psychological safety in the context of our current political climate are acknowledged and discussed as well.