There are some changes to OSHA’s Site-Specific Targeting (SST) program effective December 14, 2020. As businesses begin to get back into the swing of things it is best to be aware of who might be targeted for inspection. Keep in mind that the SST program is effective for non-construction workplaces with 20 or more employees. If this description fits your workplace then listen up!
Some important factors of the SST include:
It will base its targets on data received from injury and illness information that employers submitted for the calendar year 2017-2019 in accordance with 29 CFR 1904.41. You might be targeted if:
Your workplace has an upward trend of injury/illness over the three-year period.
If your workplace failed to electronically submit injury and illness data from 300A during any of the above calendar years.
If your Form 300A has a high rate of days away, restricted, or transferred incidents you might be targeted for inspection.
If your Form 300A has a low rate of days away, restricted, or transferred incidents. Yes, you read that right. OSHA might want to ensure that the data they collect is reliable. Solow-rate workplaces might be sampled at random.
Additionally, it is now permissible to change the scope of an inspection from comprehensive to records-only inspections in limited situations, such as incorrect data submitted by the employer.
Make sure to read the full SST program at the link below if your workplace is a potential target.