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OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program

In 2010, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a new program—the Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP)—to focus resources on employers who, according to OSHA, have exhibited indifference to worker safety manifested by willful, repeat or failure-to-abate violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. The SVEP also must be adopted by states that enforce their own occupational safety and health rules unless a state can demonstrate its program is at least as effective as the federal SVEP.

I hope you will not experience the SVEP's enforcement policies and procedures, but you need to be aware of the new program's scope.

Triggering the SVEP

A violation that qualifies under the SVEP, as determined by the OSHA area director, triggers significant enhanced compliance and enforcement procedures. Willful, repeat or failure-to-abate violations may qualify under the SVEP in the following circumstances: