OSHA begins cracking down
May 20, 2010
WASHINGTON — Pushing a bit harder at the constraints of its administrative authority, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a new enforcement policy for employers who "demonstrate indifference to their responsibilities under the law," according to Business and Legal Resources.
The intent of OSHA''s Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP) is to identify and punish employers who, in OSHA''s view, repeatedly violate worker safety standards, the article stated.
According to the article, the "instruction" describing SVEP replaces OSHA''s Enhanced Enforcement Program (EEP).
Significant changes from EEP include targeting high-emphasis hazards (fall hazards, amputations, combustible dust, crystalline silica, excavation/trenching, lead and ship breaking); inspections of other workplaces of the same employer where similar hazards and deficiencies may be present; and a nationwide referral procedure for U.S. OSHA regions and state plan states, the article noted.
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