You may defend against a citation by showing that:

Defenses to a general duty violation. In order to establish that it was the employee's misconduct and not you who is responsible for a citation under the general duty clause, you must show that:

The clause requires employers in all types of business to take OSHA seriously and to carefully maintain safety and health compliance.


Did You Know?

  • Employers have been penalized even when employees deliberately violated safety rules because the employer did not consistently enforce discipline for safety violations or provided inadequate training.
  • Employers are responsible for the acts of supervisors even though they have no knowledge or may not approve after the fact of a supervisor's actions. Thus a supervisor who fails to prohibit unsafe practices is condoning the unsafe practice and the company is responsible.