OSHA’s Site-Specific Targeting (SST) Directive: Full Inspections Only in Cases of Elevated Injury and Illness Experience

Updated OSHA Inspection Program

With the end-goal of utilizing limited enforcement resources to target workplaces with elevated injury and illness incidents, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced updates to its site-specific targeting program. The Site-Specific Targeting (SST) Directive takes the place of Site-Specific Targeting 2016, and focuses on non-construction organizations with a minimum of 20 employees.

The changes to the inspection program are as follows:

  1. The creation of a new targeting category for establishments indicating consistent injury and illness rate increases over the three-year data collection period, and
  2. Permits records-only inspections to be carried out when a compliance officer discovers that an organization was included in the program due to error. In these instances, a complete inspection will only be carried out when it has been determined that the reported number of injury and illnesses have increased.

With this in mind, it is important for organizations to focus on developing a … Read more...

What Happened to OSHA’s I2P2 Rule?

OSHA released an update to their regulatory agenda on May 23, 2014, and there’s one change that’s caused quite a few raised eyebrows. The Injury and Illness Prevention Program rule (known as I2P2), once heralded as a top priority, has been demoted to a long-term action. I2P2 would require employers to create an injury and illness prevention program, with the goal of identifying and attempting to eliminate workplace hazards and create a safer work environment. Sounds great! So what happened?

Mixed Signals

The rulemaking process for I2P2 has seen numerous delays since it was first introduced, yet OSHA chief David Michaels has repeatedly claimed over the years that I2P2 is of the utmost importance to the agency. This latest move seems to contradict those claims, leaving many businesses unsure what to make of these mixed signals.

I2P2 emerged on the horizon early in David Michaels’ career as the Assistant Secretary … Read more...

Friday the 13th Health and Safety, OSHA I2P2 Update, MSHA “Walk and Talk” Safety Initiative and more on EHS This Week!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • Friday the 13th makes for improved health and safety
  • OSHA Injury and Illness Prevention Programs (I2P2) placed on “long-term action” list
  • MSHA launches ‘walk and talk’ safety initiative
  • EPA, DOL and DHS release blueprint for improving chemical facilities’ safety
  • Two jet collision in Boston leaves zero injured

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you.

Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • EPA, DOL, and DHS Report: “Actions to Improve Chemical Facilities’ Safety and Security – A Shared Commitment.” View it here.
  • Department of Labor