Enforcement and Inspection

How Will a Beefed-Up EEP Affect Employers?

Yesterday we talked about the controversy over OSHA’s Enhanced Enforcement Program (EEP) and the likelihood that significant changes are on the way. Today we’ll tell you what those changes are likely to be and how you can keep up with all the enforcement news.

Employers that have been affected by EEP or might be affected in the future should monitor the direction of this program. In that light, we list the actions OSHA has committed to take in response to criticism of the program.

OSHA will form an EEP Task Force to make recommendations to improve program efficiency and effectiveness in the following areas:

  • Targeting indifferent employers most likely to have unabated hazards and/or companywide safety and health issues at multiple worksites

  • Ensuring appropriate actions (i.e., follow-up and related worksite inspections) are taken on indifferent employers and related companies

  • Centralizing data analysis to identify employers with multiple EEP qualifying and/or fatality cases that occur across OSHA regions
  • Making use of different enhanced enforcement approaches, as appropriate, on the basis of employer industry or the type of worksite

  • Identifying and sharing regional and area offices’ best practices to improve compliance with EEP.

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Too Broken to Fix?

While OSHA may ultimately decide that EEP is too broken to fix, a reinvigoration of the program or rebirth under another name is not out of the question. Should OSHA Director David Michaels succeed in instilling a new aggressiveness into OSHA, the ramp-up in inspection activity could be formidable.

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