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Safety Focus September 2014

OSHA Site Specific Targeting Program: 2014 Changes Surprise Employers

In 2014, for the first time in the history of OSHA’s Site-Specific Targeting (SST) Program, employers were not given any advance warning prior to being inspected. For 2015, this process will continue.

In past years, OSHA sent out letters to establishments targeted under the SST Program, warning them of a potential inspection. This gave targeted employers a chance to proactively address problem areas and avoid paying costly penalties for issues that could have been easily fixed prior to an inspection. Not anymore. This year, there were no warning letters. There was no OSHA hit list. Consequently, the vast majority of employers targeted under the SST Program for possible inspection were completely in the dark until the very moment the OSHA inspector came knocking at their door.