OSHA’s New Hit List

OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) recently released its new site specific targeting inspection plan. This will place significant attention on employers who fall into industry sectors with high injury rates. Specifically, manufacturing, nursing, and personal care facilities will be targeted. These efforts will take the form of two main inspection types: primary and secondary.

 Primary

OSHA will randomly select employers who fall under the following:

–         Manufacturing establishments with a DART (Days Away Restriction Transfer) rate at or above 7.0 or a DAFWII (Days Away From Work Injury and Illness) case rate at or above 5.0

–         Non-manufacturing establishments with a DART rate at or above 15.0 or a DAFWII case rate at or above 14.0

–         Nursing and personal care establishments in SIC code 805 with a DART rate at or above 16.0 or a DAFWII case rate at or above 13.0

 Secondary

OSHA will randomly select employers who fall under the following:

–         Manufacturing establishments with a DART rate of 5.0 or greater but less that 7.0 or a DAFWII case rate of 4.0 or greater but less than 5.0

–         Non-manufacturing establishments with a DART rate of 7.0 or greater but less than 15.0 or a DAFWII case rate of 5.0 or greater but less than 14.0

–         Nursing and personal care establishments in SIC code 805 with a DART rate of 13.0 or greater but less than 16.0 or a DAFWII case rate of 11.0 or greater but less than 13.0

If a business meets the above criteria, they should be especially watchful. Even if an organization doesn’t meet the criteria, they should be prepared for an inspection.

 Here are some suggestions of interventions to take BEFORE an inspection. First, involve employees and safety committees in workplace inspections. Their observations are critical to success. If an employee recognized a hazard, be sure an inspector will discover it. Also, verify that all required training documentation is on file. Do NOT offer documentation up to an inspector, but be prepared to provide it. The leader of the organization should take personal responsibility for the safety of each employee. An active role in the safety of the company will lead to a more compliance workplace.

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OSHA’s New Hit List was last modified: August 26th, 2014 by Sarah McGorry