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OSHA Expands ‘Severe Violator’ Program

Summarized by Deborah Read

As of Sept 15, 2022, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) expanded the criteria for employers to enter into its beefed-up Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP) with significantly more enforcement requirements than prior.


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Written 2022

by Deborah Read, MOTR/L, President

ErgoFit Consulting, Inc.

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Those new requirements will include mandatory follow-up inspections, being publicly listed as a severe violator while they are in the program, quarterly workplace-related injury OSHA log submittals, and, for large employers, warning letters to top company officers and OSHA press releases about the severe violations.

The primary reason for the revised Severe Violator Enforcement Program is to change the tide of employers repeatedly disregarding the safety and health of their workforce. Corrective actions will now be the central tenet of the program.

OSHA's expansion of eligibility criterion will broaden the program's scope beyond the traditional construction and manufacturing citations, as additional industries will likely fall within the program parameters. In addition, penalties are likely to increase.

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It is expected that it will take employers 2-3 years to exit the SVEP.  A company must correct (abate) all SVEP-related hazards cited, pay all penalties, receive no additional serious citations related to the original hazards identified in the original SVEP inspection, and receive a follow-up or referral OSHA inspection.  Only then can a company be removed from the SVEP list and removed from the public OSHA Severe Violator list.

Approved additional funding for OSHA by Congress ensures there will be many, many new compliance safety and health officers.

For more information:  https://www.osha.gov/enforcement/directives/cpl-02-00-149 

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