In a recent press release, OSHA announced their directive for worksite inspections in 2013.
The inspection targeting program began in 2008 in response to a Government Accountability Office audit report recommending that OSHA develop a targeted inspection program for federal worksites.
OSHA‘s notice (view the PDF) outlines that they plan to work from primary and secondary inspection lists.
The primary inspection list includes: 100% of the establishments reporting 100 or more lost time cases (LTCs), 50% of the establishments reporting 50 to 99 LTCs, and 10% of the establishments reporting 20 to 49 LTCs. Time permitting; OSHA will use their secondary list which includes smaller numbers of lost time cases and other reported incidents.
Once the list is prepared, it is distributed to the local OSHA Regions for implementation.
What’s the best way to stop lost time for workers? Educate them. Train them. Make sure they understand what they are doing and how to handle the chemical or the possible hazard(s) of the machine or environment they are working with/in.
ICC has recently developed a variety of workplace training programs including Lockout/Tagout. Watch for our new OSHA courses being released shortly.
ICC also offers services such as plant audits that could prepare your workplace for an inspection.