5th Circuit Enforces Six-month Time Limit on OSHA Chemical Safety Rule Violations

Reuters, January 5, 2017

A federal appeals court overturned workplace safety sanctions against a Texas oil refinery on Thursday, ruling that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cannot penalize employers for violations of a chemical safety rule that happened more than six months earlier.

A unanimous three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held that OSHA could not cite Delek Refining, a subsidiary of Tennessee-based Delek US Holdings Inc, for violations of its process safety management (PSM) regulations outside of a statutory six-month statute of limitations.

(Reporting by Robert Iafolla)

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