OSHA publishes proposed rule change to SHARP

September 9, 2010

OSHA has proposed a rule that would revise the circumstances in which the agency may conduct inspections of sites participating in its On-Site Consultation Program.

The proposed rule, published in the Sept. 3 Federal Register, affects employers in OSHA's Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program, which recognizes small businesses with "exemplary safety and health management systems."

The proposed rule:

  • Clarifies OSHA's ability to define sites to receive inspections regardless of SHARP exemption status
  • Allows compliance officers to conduct enforcement visits from referrals at sites undergoing consultation visits or that have SHARP status
  • Limits how long SHARP participants are exempt from OSHA's programmed inspection schedule
Comments on the proposed rule are due Nov. 2.