Severe violator enforcement program takes effect, OSHA announces
The agency announced in April that it would implement the severe violators enforcement program to focus on employers who willfully and repeatedly endanger workers by exposing them to serious hazards. The program establishes procedures and enforcement actions and increases inspections, for example, mandatory follow-up inspections of a workplace found in violation and inspections of other work sites of the same company where similar hazards or deficiencies might be present.
Officials said the program is intended to focus enforcement efforts on employers who have demonstrated recalcitrance or indifference to their Occupational Safety and Health Act obligations by committing willful, repeated or failure-to-abate violations in one or more of the following circumstances -- a fatality or catastrophe situation; in industry operations or processes that expose workers to severe occupational hazards; exposing workers to hazards related to the potential releases of highly hazardous chemicals; and all egregious enforcement actions.
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August 19, 2010
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