OSHA Increases Ways Employers Can Be Targeted for Inspection

Dec. 16, 2020, 9:23 PM

Employers with above-average workforce injury and illness rates in 2017 that increased in subsequent years can now be targeted for a federal OSHA inspection, the agency said in a revised enforcement directive.

The new instruction is for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Site-Specific Targeting Program. The initiative allows for planned inspections—as opposed to those that are based on a complaint or worker hospitalization—of non-construction workplaces such as factories and warehouses that aren’t already covered by other OSHA inspection programs.

In prior years, the agency used only injury rates from one year to draw up a list of businesses ...

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