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October 30, 2012
Report: OSHA targeting program missing its mark

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has conducted a performance audit of OSHA’s site-specific targeting (SST) program. The report found that 26 percent of worksites with reported severe injuries and illnesses were outside the program’s scope based on the number of employees, location, and/or industry. And 84 percent of targeted worksites were not inspected due to limited resources and other issues. The OIG made three recommendations to OSHA:

  1. Include the highest-risk worksites in the survey and SST targeting.
  2. Prioritize and complete inspections of the highest-risk sites to ensure effective and efficient use of resources.
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  4. Compete the evaluation of the SST program and implement a system to evaluate its efficiency.
OSHA partially agreed with the recommendations, but indicated some would require major policy changes. The SST program was launched in 1999.

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