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OSHA launches 2010 SST Program

In late August, OSHA narrowed its 2010 Site Specific Targeting Program enforcement efforts to approximately 4,100 sites with high days away, restricted or transferred rates (DART); or high days away from work injury and illness rates. In its compliance directive, OSHA explains how to determine if your company will be targeted:

The program is based on 2008 injury and illness data collected in the 2009 Data Initiative, an annual survey on work-related injuries and illnesses. Only non-construction workplaces with 40 or more employees are eligible for the SST Program.

If your injury rates are below these measures, you may still have a targeted inspection. OSHA Area Offices that complete their inspections of the establishments on the primary inspection list before the expiration of the SST 2010 program may move on to secondary then tertiary inspection lists targeting employers with respectively lower DART and DAFWII rates.

While it is not unusual for OSHA to assemble annually a list of employers with high injury and illness rates, and to conduct SST inspections of those employers, what is new is OSHA's enhanced level of enforcement. Enforcement budgets have expanded and higher penalties are more frequently imposed. A number of facilities that appeared on OSHA's list have already been inspected and received fines in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
If you were one of the 15,000 employers, (view list), that received a letter earlier this year, be sure to contact your Advisor. 

OSHA launches initiative to discourage texting when driving

OSHA has announced a partnership between the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation to combat distracted driving.The multi-pronged initiative includes: