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.

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Webinar: How Untracked Data Costs Lives and Kills Profit

The classic approach to safety management typically involves documenting recordable incidents, lost time and — whenever they should occur — fatalities. But while this inherently flawed approach works for basic regulatory reporting, it does nothing to proactively reduce injuries, minimize costs and save lives.

To learn how to build the foundation for a proactive safety pyramid in this this Free 30 minute webinar.

Key topics covered include:

  • Highlights from key examples and studies showing the linked between untracked safety metrics and poor safety performance.
  • Revisiting the classic safety pyramid to find a new model for proactive safety management.
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  • A look at the true ROI of proactive management through tracking leading indicators, and more.

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Webinar: Taking the Pain out of Injury & Illness Reporting

Ensuring incident forms are accurate and completed on time is a challenging process for any business. Yet, in order to avoid fines, reduce the chance of costly lawsuits, and stabilize insurance premiums – not to mention proactively mitigate the occurrence of incidents in the future – it is imperative companies stay on top of incident reporting requirements.

In this free 30-minute webinar you will learn how to never miss an incident-related requirement and how companies leverage Intelex’s revolutionary Incident Management application to effortlessly track and report on incidents and boost safety performance.

Key topics covered include:

  • How to develop a streamlined, automated process for documenting and reporting near misses, injuries and recordable incidents.
  • Automating the creation of injury and illness forms specifically for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB), and other regional regulatory bodies around the world.
  • Proactively measure and track all important safety
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Lessons in EHS History: OSHA’s Origins and 2014 Regulatory Outlook

As we toast to a Happy New Year, many of us will turn our thoughts to our resolutions for 2014. Typically the resolutions that most people make are related to personal goals: workout more frequently or spend more time with family, for example. But what kinds of resolutions might you make in your workplace? After all, estimates show that the average full-time American employee spends anywhere from 1,700 to 2,000+ hours at work each year.

You may want to look at OSHA’s “resolutions” for the upcoming year, to help guide your own workplace priorities. Not too long ago OSHA released its Fall 2013 regulatory agenda, which details the agency’s plans for new and revised regulations. In the words of the agency itself, “It is vital for an organization to know its past in order to successfully move itself forward into the future.” Let’s take a look at OSHA’s past, … Read more...