OSHA Unveils its Site-Specific Targeting Plan for 2008

OSHA announced today that its 2008 Site-Specific Targeting (SST) plan will focus on approximately 3,800 high-hazard worksites on its primary list for unannounced comprehensive safety inspections over the coming year. Over the past ten years, the agency has used an SST inspection program based on injury and illness data. This year's program was developed using the agency's Data Initiative for 2007, which surveyed approximately 80,000 employers to obtain their injury and illness numbers for 2006.

"We will make effective use of our inspection resources to focus our targeted inspection program on those workplaces with the highest injury and illness rates," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "This program emphasizes to employers the importance of our enforcement efforts in ensuring safe working conditions for employees."

The 2008 SST initially will cover about 3,800 individual worksites on the primary list that reported 11 or more injuries or illnesses resulting in days away from work, restricted work activity, or job transfer for every 100 full-time employers (known as the DART rate). The primary list also will include sites based on a "Days Away from Work Injury and Illness" (DAFWII) rate of 9 or higher (9 or more cases that involve days away from work per 100 full-time employees). Employers not on the primary list, who reported DART rates of between 7.0 and 11.0, or DAFWII rates of between 5.0 and 9.0, will be placed on a secondary list for possible inspection. The national DART rate in 2006 for private industry was 2.3, while the national DAFWII rate was 1.3.

OSHA said it also will randomly select and inspect about 175 workplaces (with 100 or more employees) across the nation that reported low injury and illness rates for the purpose of reviewing their actual degree of compliance with OSHA requirements. These establishments are selected from those industries with above the national DART and DAFWII rates. The agency added it will include on the primary list some establishments that did not respond to the 2007 data survey.

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