OSHA Plans to Implement New Inspections in High-Risk Workplaces

On January 9, 2013, OSHA (The Occupational Safety and Health Administration) made plans to perform their annual inspections, with an emphasis on high-hazard workplaces. This year, special attention will be given to job sites with high risk of injury or illness.

OSHA was formed to help decrease the chances of danger in the workplace, and tries to ensure that sites are healthy and safe. Part of OSHA’s strategy involves providing education on workplace safety, training, assistance, and inspections to keep employers in check with safety codes.

This specific program is called Site-Specific Targeting (SST), which is based on a survey from approximately 80,000 non-construction companies with over 20 employees, and high risk. The data collected will help determine how much time and energy OSHA needs to allocate, in order to make conditions safer.

Part of the implementation of this new program involves a study on 1,260 randomly selected workplaces, so they can accurately gauge the effectiveness of their plan. This year, nursing homes and personal care facilities will be included, which is a new change to the program.

The scope of these inspections will vary from the national to the local level, targeting the large and notoriously dangerous industries such as excavation, shipbreaking, lead, silica, and safety management, as well as smaller workplaces.

If you have been injured at work, make sure you contact a law firm right away who can give you the individual attention and dedication you deserve in order to get your life back on track again. If you fell victim to a dangerous work environment, you have rights; let a team of professionals fight for you.

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