News Release USDL: 96-308
Wednesday, July 31, 1996
Contact: Susan Hall Fleming (202) 219-8151
OSHA's Quick Fix Equals Lower Penalties For Conscientious Employers
Employers who correct workplace safety
and health hazards immediately during an
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) inspection now can receive a 15-percent
penalty reduction, the agency announced today.
"In announcing his plan to reinvent OSHA last
year, President Clinton promised that employers
who 'do right' would also 'do well' under the
New OSHA. Today we are delivering on that
promise," said Assistant Secretary of Labor
Joseph A. Dear.
"When we find a problem and the employer fixes
it right away, there will be an automatic 15
percent reduction in the penalty. That's before
any additional reductions for size, good faith
or history are applied," Dear said.
OSHA's "Quick Fix" abatement incentive program
encourages employers to "do the right thing" by
rewarding them for fixing certain less serious
problems immediately once an OSHA inspector
identifies them. OSHA compliance officers will
discuss the Quick Fix program, effective Sept.
1 at the beginning of each inspection to ensure
that employers are aware of the benefits of
prompt correction of hazards.
Begun as a pilot effort in OSHA's Parsippany,
N.J., area office, Quick Fix received the
National Performance Review's hammer award
in June 1994.
Under Quick Fix, 15 percent penalty reductions
apply to corrective actions taken the same day
the inspector identifies the problem, in no
case more than 24 hours, for:
Any size employer in any industry.
Both safety and health violations.
Only individual violations, not to
the citation or penalty as a whole.
Only corrective action that is
permanent and substantial (such as
installing a guard on a machine),
including engineering and/or
Reductions will NOT be given for:
Violations related to fatal injuries
or illnesses or to a serious incident
resulting in serious injuries to workers.
Violations classified as high or medium
gravity serious, willful, repeat, failure
to abate or "blatant" violations that are
easily corrected (such as turning on a
ventilation system to reduce worker exposure
to a hazardous atmosphere).
Temporary or superficial actions.
Various pilot Quick Fix versions have been
tried in OSHA offices across the country
during the past year. Now OSHA is formally
establishing the incentive program across all
the states it covers. The agency plans to
evaluate the effectiveness of the program
after one year.
The 25 states and territories operating their
own job safety and health programs are
encouraged, but not required, to establish
similar or alternate programs.
Quick Fix is detailed in OSHA's Compliance
directive CPL 2.112, Nationwide Quick-Fix
Program. The five-page directive will be
available on the Internet at http://www.osha.gov
under Other OSHA Documents, Directives,
CPL 2.112. This information also will be
placed on an upcoming issue of the OSHA CD-ROM.
Single printed copies are available by mail
after Aug. 5, 1996, to requestors who send a
self-addressed label to OSHA Publications,
P.O. Box 37535, Washington, D.C. 20013-7535,
telephone (202) 219-4667, fax (202) 219-9266.