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OSHA targets high hazard worksites for inspection (10/1)

OSHA has issued its annual inspection plan under the Site-Specific Targeting 2010 program to help the agency direct enforcement resources to high-hazard workplaces where the highest rates of injuries and illnesses occur.

The SST program is OSHA's main programmed inspection plan for non-construction workplaces that have 40 or more workers. Establishments are randomly selected for inspection from an initial list of 4,100 manufacturing, non-manufacturing, and nursing and personal care facilities. The plan focuses on several variables such as the number of injury and illness cases and number of days a worker has to stay away from work, or the number of workers who received job transfers or work restrictions due to injury or illness.

In addition to SST, OSHA implements both national and local emphasis inspection programs to target high-risk hazards and industries. OSHA currently has nationwide emphasis programs that intensify the focus on topics including amputations, lead, crystalline silica, shipbreaking, trenching/excavations, process safety management in petroleum refineries, hexavalent chromium, diacetyl, recordkeeping and combustible dust.

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