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Site-Specific Targeting Program to Focus Inspections on 1,260 High-Hazard Employers

Thursday, February 27, 2014

By Bruce Rolfsen  

Feb. 26 --The Site-Specific Targeting Program for 2014 will again focus on inspecting at least 1,260 establishments in high-hazard industries, according to a directive from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued Feb. 26.

More sites could be added after OSHA area offices complete visits to the 1,260 priority employers and as state agencies inspect workplaces under their jurisdictions, the directive said.

Although the directive, Site Specific Targeting 2014 (14-01 (CPL 02)), was released by OSHA Feb. 26, the directive's effective date was Feb. 2. Responding to a question from Bloomberg BNA, OSHA officials didn't explain the delay in publishing the directive.

The targeting program is OSHA's primary way to conduct programmed inspections of nonconstruction employers that aren't already covered by agency emphasis programs, according to the directive.

Overall, the guidelines for this year's targeting program are the same as they were in 2013.

Review of Program Effectiveness

This year's effort marks the end of a multiyear study by OSHA and the Department of Labor's Assistant Secretary for Policy on the effectiveness of the targeting program and the impact inspections have on employers.

Among the goals of the study is determining whether the safety records of establishments inspected in 2012 improved more than establishments that only received a letter warning they could be inspected.

For inspections during 2012, OSHA randomly selected 2,250 employers for visits. In 2013, OSHA returned to inspect 1,260 of those establishments, the directive said.

Additional Targets Possible

Inspections could expand to other establishments in high-hazard industries if area offices complete reviews of the sites on their primary list, the directive said.

The list of additional workplaces includes establishments with 20 or more workers that were required by OSHA to file their 2011 injury and illness records with the agency as part of the OSHA Data Initiative. To qualify for inspections in 2014, a manufacturing establishment must have reported for 2011 a days away, restricted or transferred (DART) rate of 5.0 or higher for every 100 full-time-equivalent employees, or a days away from work injury and illness (DAFWII) case rate of 4.0 or more. Only one of the two criteria must be met.

Nonmanufacturing establishments, excluding nursing and residential care facilities, must have reported a DART rate of 7.0 or greater, or a DAFWII case rate of 5.0 or greater.

States agencies with targeting programs have the option of compiling their own target lists of high-hazard industries or obtaining lists from OSHA, the directive said.

 

To contact the reporter on this story: Bruce Rolfsen in Washington at brolfsen@bna.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jim Stimson at jstimson@bna.com


The 2014 directive is available at https://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/Directive_pdf/CPL_02-14-01.pdf.

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