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OSHA restores Site-Specific Targeting inspection program

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Washington — OSHA is reviving its Site-Specific Targeting Program and will be using the initial set of data collected from its electronic recordkeeping rule to identify high injury and illness rates, the agency recently announced.

The SST program directs OSHA enforcement resources to “high injury rate establishments” – based on 2016 data from Form 300A – and those that did not submit the required information. Construction worksites are excluded, according to an agency notice, released Oct. 16.

Intended to be an annual program, the agency discontinued it in 2014 after winding down its OSHA Data Initiative. The ODI started in 1995 and was a collection of injury and illness data from approximately 80,000 organizations in “selected high-hazard industries.”

 

The Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses final rule, issued in 2016, required certain covered establishments with 250 or more employees and those with 20 to 249 employees in certain high-hazard industries to electronically submit data from Forms 300, 300A and 301.

OSHA has proposed to roll back that rule to require only data from Form 300A.

Employers were required to submit 2016 data from Form 300A by Dec. 15, 2017, and 2017 data by July 1. The agency, however, states in an Oct. 17 press release that employers still can provide 2017 information to its database.

The deadline for 2018 data, and each subsequent year, is March 2.

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