Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Site-Specific Targeting 2009

Source: OSHA Trade News Release, September 4, 2009

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Site-Specific Targeting 2009 (SST-09) program will focus enforcement efforts on nearly 4,000 high-hazard worksites on the agency’s list for comprehensive safety inspections. The program helps OSHA direct enforcement resources to workplaces such as manufacturing and nursing homes where the highest rate of injuries and illnesses occur.

Changes to this year’s program include dividing the primary list of establishments slated for inspection into three sectors – manufacturing, non-manufacturing, and nursing homes. Rather than using one rate for all establishments, OSHA established minimum injury and illness rates for each group, allowing the agency to inspect even more establishments that exceed the minimum rates specific to that sector. Additionally, some facilities that did not answer an OSHA Data Initiative survey will be added to the inspection list. The agency’s intent is to deter employers from not responding to avoid inspection.

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