OSHA Compliance

OSHA has Proposed to the Inspection Exemption

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The United States, Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA), has recently proposed to narrow the exemption from compliance inspections, that are usually enjoyed by the facilities that participate in the agency's SHARP, which is also known as the Safety and Health Achievement and Recognition Program.

Under the Safety and Health Achievement and Recognition Program, employers often receive exemptions of up to three years, from the programmed OSHA inspections, and only if they have demonstrated exemplary achievement in workplace safety, allowed an on-site OSHA consultation and corrected all workplace safety and health hazards. OSHA programmed inspections are aimed at specific high-hazard workplaces, industries, health substances or occupations.

Currently though, the facilities that the Safety and Health Achievement and Recognition Program offers, is not exempted from non programmed inspections that are intended to address three primary circumstances, they are:

1.Imminent danger,
2.Formal complaints and
3.Fatality/catastrophe

However, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, has now proposed that a fourth category be added to the list of permissible inspections. According to OSHA, this new category would be characterized as, “other critical inspections as determined by the Assistant Secretary.”

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, has also proposed to revise the existing from programmed inspections of up to two years, with an extension of up to three years for all employers who have a SHARP status.

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