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Monday, March 03, 2014

OSHA Issues 2014 Inspection Plan Targeting High-Hazard Workplaces

OSHA has issued its annual inspection plan under the Site-Specific Targeting 2014 program to direct enforcement resources to workplaces where the highest rates of injuries and illnesses occur.

The SST program is one of OSHA's main programmed inspection plans for high-hazard, non-construction workplaces that have 20 or more workers. The SST plan is based on data collected from a survey of 80,000 establishments in high-hazard industries.

The SST-14 plan initially selects for inspecting all establishments with the following DART and DAFWII case rates:
  • Manufacturing establishments with a DART rate at or above 7.0 or a DAFWII case rate at or above 5.0 (only one of these criteria must be met).
  • Non-manufacturing establishments (except for Nursing and Personal Care Facilities) with a DART rate at or above 15.0 or a DAFWII rate at or above 14.0 (only one of these criteria must be met).
If an Area Office completes its inspections of all establishments on its Primary Inspection List before the expiration of this SST program, it may obtain additional establishments from its Secondary Inspection List.

The Secondary Inspection List will contain establishments with the following CY 2011 DART and DAFWII case rates:
  • Manufacturing establishments reporting DART rates of 5.0 or greater, or a DAFWII case rate of 4.0 or greater. Only one of these criteria must be met.
  • Non-manufacturing establishments (not including Nursing and Personal Care Facilities) reporting DART rates of 7.0 or greater, or a DAFWII case rate of 5.0 or greater. Only one of these criteria must be met.
  • A random sample of establishments that did not provide rate information in accordance with the 2012 ODI Survey by May 2013, have been added to the Secondary Inspection list. The establishments selected will be identified on the Area Offices’ inspections lists by three asterisks (***) and will not be deleted from the list.
As part of the SST-14 program, OSHA is conducting an on-going study to evaluate the effectiveness of the program based on 1,260 randomly selected establishments.

Programmed inspections of nursing and personal care establishments will continue under OSHA's Nursing and Personal Care Facilities National Emphasis Program.

In addition to the SST program, OSHA implements both national and local emphasis inspection programs, which include programmed inspections, to target high-risk hazards and industries. OSHA currently has 13 National Emphasis Programs that intensify inspections on hazards or industries such as lead, silica, shipbreaking, trenching/excavations and process safety management, and approximately 140 Regional and Local Emphasis Programs.

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