To strengthen enforcement and improve compliance with workplace safety standards and reduce worker injuries and illnesses, the Department of Labor is expanding the criteria for placement in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program, according to osha.gov.
The new criteria include violations of all hazards and OSHA standards and will continue to focus on repeat offenders in all industries. Previously, an employer could be in the program for failing to meet a limited number of standards; the changes will broaden the program’s scope with the possibility that additional industries will fall within its parameters.
Since 2010, the Severe Violator Enforcement Program has focused on enforcement and inspection resources regarding employers who willfully or repeatedly violate federal health and safety laws or demonstrate a refusal to correct previous violations. In addition to being included on a public list of the U.S.’ severe violators, employers are subject to follow-up inspections.
The updated criteria include:
Date : Jan. 01, 0001