ISN Members Decrease OSHA Citation Count as Industry Citations Rise
Safety in the workplace has become an increasingly prominent focus. In the last four years, the number of citations given by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has increased by more than 15%. Kathy Webb, OSHA’s area director for North Aurora, Illinois, believes, “safety should be paramount on every job site and OSHA is committed to protecting workers, especially when employers fail to do so.” There has also been a significant change in their focus on violations, which has turned more towards the serious and willful classifications. OSHA holds employers responsible for providing a safe and healthy work environment, specifically under the General Duty Clause, which was the source for one of last year’s top ten regulations cited. These citations can cost, on average, $1000 per penalty. Due to the recognizable fact that unlawfulness in the workplace has potential to do severe damage to a company’s bottom line, businesses around the world are going to greater lengths to be safety compliant.
ISN’s online contractor management database, ISNetworld, collects health and safety, procurement, and quality and regulatory information for more than 34,000 contractors and 215 owner clients. ISNetworld has continued to grow significantly, with almost a 30% increase in subscribing contractors during the past two years. However, the number of reviewed contractors within ISNetworld who have been cited by OSHA has seen a 23% decrease in that same two year span. This is significant, given the fact that OSHA has increased citations over the past four years. It is evident that ISNetworld subscribers continually focus on maintaining safer work environments. ISN subscribers also put a great deal of effort into developing compliant safety programs. These safety programs have led to better methods for prevention of work related injuries and incidents.