I recently had a client that was visited by OSHA. No accident or complaint occurred. When OSHA came to their work site, amongst other citations, they cited them for lack of a heat stress written plan. I’ve been handling OSHA appeals now for a few years. Typically, when OSHA sets fines for lack of documentation, they are listed as general and the fine amounts are a few hundred dollars. This nursery, though was cited over $9,000 because:
…the employer did not furnish to the CSHO a copy of their written procedures for complying with each requirement of the heat standard required by subsections (f) ( l )(B), (G), (H), and (I). A request for the employer’s Heat Illness Prevention Program was made on January 27, 2015 via the Document Request Form ( l A Y). No receipt of such program has been received as of April 16, 2015.
Understand, I did get this fine dramatically reduced, but wanted share with you how seriously OSHA enforcement is taking the new heat stress regulations.