Tag: National Emphasis Programs

Are You a Target of OSHA’s Emphasis Programs?

How likely will your facility or worksite be subject to an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspection? The number of OSHA compliance safety and health officers (CSHOs) has declined over the past decade, while the number of U.S. businesses has increased, the Department of Labor’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently pointed out. […]

Back to Basics: Understanding OSHA’s Emphasis Programs

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine OSHA’s emphasis programs. How likely are you to see a compliance safety and health officer (CSHO) show up at your workplace for an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspection? The […]

OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program: A Cautionary Tale from the Furniture Industry

Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc., has a long history with federal OSHA. Between 1982 and the first half of 2014, the furniture manufacturer had been inspected by federal OSHA 33 times and by state OSHA agencies an additional 23 times. In its 33 previous federal inspections, OSHA cited the employer for 96 serious, 4 repeat, and […]

Are You Bad? Watch Out, Because OSHA’s Going Nationwide

Yesterday, we looked at the changes to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) reporting requirements that will go into effect on January 1, 2015. But that’s not the only change OSHA has recently made that will affect its enforcement efforts—and not all of the changes have been announced in a press release.