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
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...
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