OSHA to set its "sights" on high-risk, non-construction worksites

OSHA recently narrowed down the high-hazard manufacturing, non-manufacturing and nursing home sites it plans to inspect under its 2010 Site-Specific Targeting (SST) program. Designed to direct the agency’s enforcement efforts to riskier workplaces, the SST program is OSHA’s primary inspection plan for non-construction sites with 40 or more workers.

The plan relies on OSHA’s 2009 Data Initiative survey, which collects injury and illness data from 80,000 private sector establishments in high-hazard industries in the previous year. The 4,100 workplaces selected for inspection were among 15,000 employers who received warning letters from OSHA in March, informing them they had twice the number of injuries and illnesses resulting in days away from work, restricted work activities or job transfers.

“Our goal is to prevent worker injuries and illnesses and save lives,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA David Michaels. “The Site-Specific Targeting program helps OSHA focus its enforcement resources to high-risk employers who are endangering their workers' health and safety.”

Even if your business wasn’t targeted for inspection, you should strive to meet all OSHA safety standards, prevent accidents, and properly document injuries and illnesses. The right OSHA recordkeeping forms and tools can help you maintain a safe, OSHA-compliant workplace.

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