OSHA Severe Violator Enforcement Program Expanded
All Employers Subject to OSHA
September 15, 2022
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) “Severe Violator Enforcement Program” (SVEP) addresses managing employers who are considered to be “severe violators” of safety rules, in part, by including them on a public list and subjecting them to increased inspection and scrutiny. OSHA has expanded the criteria that can land an employer in the SVEP to include receiving at least two repeat, willful, or failure-to-abate violations for any “high-gravity” serious violations. Violations issued under any standard can now cause an employer to be included on the SVEP list.
Employers on the SVEP list are inspected within one to two years to confirm resolution of violations and so OSHA can look for any similar violations. Depending on the extent of the compliance issues and the employer’s company structure, inspections may extend to other workplaces throughout the country.
Employers remain on the SVEP list for a minimum of three years, but may be removed after two years provided that employers agree to an enhanced settlement that includes use of a safety and health management system with seven elements from OSHA’s Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs.
- Review OSHA’s announcement here.
- Review safety programs and procedures for compliance.
- Implement protocols in the event of an OSHA inspection.
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