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Judge Rejects OSHA’s “Enterprise-Wide” Relief Theory, by Stephen Yohay, EHS OutLoud Blog


In what apparently is a case of first impression, an administrative law judge (ALJ) of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) recently decided that the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) does not authorize OSHRC to order so-called “enterprise-wide” abatement. Under that theory of liability, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) maintains that when a violation is proven at an employer’s worksite, OSHRC has the statutory authority to require that employer to abate the same or similar hazards at its other worksites that were not the subject of the litigated citation.