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Respondents were divided on the impact that OSHArsquos new public database will have on safety initiatives ldquoIf everyone can see what we are doing wrong including our customers or potential customers there will be a big emphasis on getting it fixedrdquo one respondent noted Thinkstock

OSHA Initiates Program Targeting Companies with High Injury Rates

Agency to utilize data obtained through electronic reporting.

OSHA will begin targeting companies in both manufacturing and non-manufacturing industries for inspection based on their electronically-submitted data.

The Site-Specific Targeting 2016 (SST-16) Program utilizes injury and illness information electronically submitted by employers for calendar year (CY) 2016.

Under this program, the agency will perform inspections of employers the agency believes should have provided 300A data, but did not for the CY 2016 injury and illness data collection.

For CY 2016, OSHA required employers to electronically submit Form 300A data by Dec. 15, 2017. The CY 2017 deadline was July 1, 2018; however, employers may still provide this information to the database.

Going forward, establishments with 250 or more employees that are currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records, and establishments with 20-249 employees that are classified in specific industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses will be required to provide this information each year by March 2.

OSHA’s On-site Consultation Program offers employers with up to 250 workers with free, confidential safety and health advice on complying with OSHA standards and establishing and improving safety and health programs.

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