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OSHA Severe Violator Enforcement Program

InjuryFree is staying abreast of all the changes that OSHA is proposing/implementing to their process. Today comes another update with more information regarding the “Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP).”

The new Severe Violator Enforcement Program (effective in 45 days) is intended to focus OSHA enforcement on employers that show continued indifference to their responsibilities to their workers, as they are stated under law.

Here are the highlights of the accompanying OSHA news release:

  • Increased OSHA inspectors
  • Mandatory OSHA follow up inspections
  • Inspections of other worksites of the same employer
  • Increased penalties (increased will go from average fine of $1000 to $3-4000)

“For many employers, investing in job safety happens only when they have adequate incentives to comply with OSHA’s requirements,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Dr. David Michaels. “Higher penalties and more aggressive, targeted enforcement will provide a greater deterrent and further encourage these employers to furnish safe and healthy workplaces for their employees.”

You can read the entire release here.

Will these new changes to OSHA change the way you look at safety? Will more fines increase your focus to safety? Or are the folks that are affected by the SVEP, really incorrigible.

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