Wal-Mart Breaks Safety Agreement—Facing 118K Fine for Repeat and Serious H&S Violations

Wal-Mart continues to endanger the safety and health of its employees despite a 2013 corporate-wide settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration to improve safety and health conditions at all of its store locations. Some serious and repeat citations include: (1) Failure to provide employees with sufficient working space to avoid contact with live electrical wires; (2) Failure to protect workers from exposure to shock and burn hazards; and (3) Failure to annually train workers designated to cleanup blood spills on the dangers of blood-borne pathogens.  The proposed penalties for the violations total $118,00.  Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has had more than 330 OSHA inspections within the past 5 years.  Read more here.

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Cynthia Chiles

Cynthia Chiles is President and founder of convergence consulting LLC, and she is located in the Los Angeles, California office. Cynthia developed the innovative business model on which the company is founded and named. She has 25 years of environmental, health, safety, and social responsibility (EHS), management consulting experience to multi-national clients. She has an expertise in the development and management of global EHS management programs, in particular compliance audit programs, management system implementation programs and performance enhancement programs. She has conducted hundreds of EHS audits in over 17 countries, and currently manages many large scale multi-country audit and consulting support projects for our clients in the pharmaceutical, electronics and retail sectors. Cynthia recently served a four term on the Auditing Roundtable Board of Directors and currently sits on the Standards Board for the Board of Environmental Health and Safety Auditor Certification (BEAC). She holds a Bachelor of Science in both Political Science and Business Management, and is a BEAC certified environmental auditor.