The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched an "enhanced enforcement policy" that targets 10,000 employers with tough workplace inspections. If you've had recurring safety problems or visits from OSHA inspectors, count on a new level of scrutiny.
Targeted employers will likely include those who received warning letters from OSHA earlier this year. OSHA mailed letters to employers with six or more job-related injuries or illnesses per 100 workers that resulted in lost workdays last year. (The average: three lost-time injuries per 100 workers.)
For details, visit www.osha.gov, click on News Releases and find the March 11 release.
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