On Dec. 16, OSHA announced it was updating its inspection program that steers enforcement toward companies with the highest rates of both injuries and illnesses.
For companies with more than 20 employees, the Site-Specific Targeting (SST) Directive is the agency’s program aimed at for non-construction companies. OSHA chooses companies based on Form 300A for calendar years 2017-2019, submitted by companies.
The new directive replaces Site-Specific Targeting 2016, and includes the following changes:
- The creation of a new targeting category for establishments indicating consistent injury and illness rate increases over the three-year data collection period, and
- Allows records only inspections to occur when a compliance safety and health officer determines incorrect data led to an establishment’s inclusion in the program. This change ensures OSHA will conduct a full inspection only when the employer has an actual elevated injury and illness experience.
The agency also has other emphasis programs that target high-risk hazards and industries.