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  • Part Number:
  • Part Number Title:
    OSHA Review Commission
  • Subpart:
    2200 Subpart M
  • Subpart Title:
    Simplified Proceedings
  • Standard Number:
  • Title:
    Eligibility for Simplified Proceedings.
  • GPO Source:


Those cases selected for Simplified Proceedings will be those that do not involve complex issues of law or fact. Cases appropriate for Simplified Proceedings would generally include those with one or more of the following characteristics:


Relatively few citation items,


An aggregate proposed penalty of not more than $20,000,


No allegation of willfulness or a repeat violation,


Not involving a fatality,


A hearing that is expected to take less than 2 days, or


A small employer whether appearing pro se or represented by counsel.


Those cases with an aggregate proposed penalty of more than $20,000, but not more than $30,000, if otherwise appropriate, may be selected for Simplified Proceedings at the discretion of the Chief Administrative Law Judge.

[57 FR 41688, Sept. 11, 1992; 60 FR 41805, Aug. 14, 1995; 62 FR 40934, July 31, 1997; 70 FR 22792, May 3, 2005; 74 FR 63987, Dec. 7, 2009]