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Adam CrowellFeb 23, 20221 min read

COVID-19 OSHA Violations Already Total $3.3 Million

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been very active during the COVID-19 pandemic, and now, more than ever, your dealership is at risk of an OSHA inspection.  This pandemic has given OSHA additional opportunities to enforce existing rules, to ensure that employers are providing safe and healthy workplaces for their employees, and to cite employers who are in violation.

Through November 19, 2020, the proposed penalties from citations have totaled $3,301,932, and that number will continue to grow until COVID-19 is no longer considered a national emergency.  Thus far, the most commonly found health and safety violations are failures to:

  • Implement a written respiratory protection program
  • Provide a medical evaluation, respirator fit test, training on the proper use of a respirator, and personal protective equipment
  • Report an injury, illness, or fatality
  • Record an injury or illness on OSHA record keeping forms
  • Comply with the General Duty Clause of the Occupation Safety and Health Act of 1970

To avoid COVID-19 citations, it is imperative that your dealership:

  • Understand its obligations
  • Adopt and implement the appropriate polices procedures
  • Provide appropriate training
  • Conduct the proper training of employees
  • Solicit and address employee concerns
  • Know the ins-and-outs of recording and reporting
  • Hold routine safety meetings
  • Document your efforts to comply

Understand your obligations and comply with the OSHA standards before it is too late.  Citations can be costly and can put your dealership under OSHA’s spotlight for years to come.


Adam Crowell

Adam is Vice President of Legal and Corporate Development at KPA and ComplyNet and is a licensed practicing attorney with over 21 years of experience primarily representing dealerships. Adam is a frequent speaker on the local, state, and national levels, including presentations to the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), the National Independent Auto Dealers Association (NIADA), and the National Association of Dealer Counsel (NADC).