Enforcement and Inspection

OSHA: No More Counting Inspections

Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) David Michaels, PhD, announced a new enforcement strategy during the 2015 National Safety Council Congress & Expo in which the Agency will no longer count the number of inspections it conducts in an effort to emphasize quality over quantity.

The Agency currently averages 40,000 inspections a year. Under the Enforcement Weighting System—which goes into effect in fiscal year 2016—OSHA will no longer tally inspections, but rather will concentrate on the more complicated, time-consuming cases, according to Michaels.

“I think you’ll see more complex inspections, and I think those end up being the more impactful inspections,” Michaels said.

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