Learn about health and safety management


The mission of OSHA is to save lives, prevent injuries and protect the health of Indian workers through awareness on job safety and health standards and coaching them through worksite inspections.

Active health & safety management

Active health and safety management is an essential first step toward improving your organization’s health and safety culture.

There are two aspects of managing health and safety performance for continual improvement:

  1. Managing an effective health and safety program
  2. Developing and implementing initiatives for improving health and safety in your workplace

An active health and safety management approach encompasses the health and safety program approach and builds upon it.

OSHA citation penalties

Serious violation: A violation where there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result. OSHA assesses the penalty for a serious violation from $947 to $13,206 for each violation. OSHA may adjust a penalty for a serious violation downward on the basis of the employer’s good faith, history of previous violations, and size of business.

Willful violation: A violation that the employer intentionally and knowingly commits. The employer is aware that a hazardous condition exists, knows that the condition violates a standard or other obligation of the Act, and makes no reasonable effort to eliminate it. OSHA may propose penalties from $9,472 to $132,598 for each committed violation.

Repeated violation: A violation of any standard, regulation, rule, or order where, upon reinspection, a substantially similar violation is found and the original citation has become a final order. Violations can bring a fine from $9,472 to $132,598 for each repeated violation.

Failure to abate violation: Failure to correct a prior violation may bring a civil penalty of $13,260 for each day that the violation continues beyond the prescribed abatement date.

Possible other penalties: Additional violations for which OSHA may issue citations and proposed penalties are as follows:
 Falsifying records, reports, or applications can, upon conviction, bring a criminal fine of $10,000 or up to 6 months in jail, or both;  Violating posting requirements may bring a civil penalty of $7,000;  Assaulting a compliance officer or otherwise resisting, opposing,  intimidating, or interfering with a compliance officer in the performance of his or her duties is a criminal offense and is subject to a fine of not more than $5,000 and imprisonment for not more than 3 years.