OSHA publishes proposed rule change to SHARP
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