OSHA certainly knows how to kick start the New Year. OSHA has recently issued its annual inspection plan based on its Site-Specific Targeting 2012 program as a way of renewing its focus on high-hazard workplaces. Per OSHA, the plan will help the agency identify establishments that need to be inspected for their high incidence rates.
Based on OSHA’s news release on the update, the SST-12 program does not cover the Construction industry and targets workplaces with 20 or more workers. OSHA stated that 80,000 establishments were surveyed for the SST plan.
MSDSonline, an EHS website which was among the first websites that reported on the matter, said that the primary and secondary target lists for the SST-12 was based on CY 2010 injury and illness data. Days Away, Restricted or Transferred (DART) and Days Away from Work Injury and Illness (DAFWII) rates in 2010 were specifically examined for list.
For the primary inspection list, OSHA will target establishments from the Manufacturing and Non-manufacturing sector that logged the following DART and DAWII data, according to the inspection plan directive:
– A DART rate of 7.0 or above, or DAFWII of 5.0 or above for manufacturing facilities
– A DART rate of 15.0 or above, or DAFWII rate of 14.0 or above for non-manufacturing facilities
As for the secondary inspection list, manufacturing facilities included are those that recorded a DART rate of 5.0 or more or DAFWII rate of 4.0 or above. Non-manufacturing facilities included were those that registered a DART rate of 7.0 or above, or DAFWII rate of 5.0 or above.
The secondary list also includes establishments that failed to submit its 2010 injury and illness data to OSHA’s 2011 Data Initiative Survey.
OSHA was established under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to ensure the safety of workers across all American industries. As an industry watchdog, the agency promotes worker health and safety by enforcing standards that require employers to ensure the best work conditions for their workers, and by providing them research, training and resources.
For more information on the SST program and inspection procedures, visit https://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/Directive_pdf/CPL_02-13-01.pdf.
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