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May 6, 2004
Contact: Frank Meilinger or Bill Wright
Phone: 202-693-1999


OSHA ACCEPTING COMMENTS ON SITE-SPECIFIC TARGETING PROGRAM

WASHINGTON -- OSHA is seeking public comment until July 6, 2004 on its Site-Specific Targeting (SST) inspection program to determine more accurately how the program is accomplishing its goal of targeting the nation's most hazardous workplaces for inspection.

The SST program, first implemented in 1999, uses data from the OSHA Data Initiative survey to focus the Agency's resources on outreach, consultations, technical assistance and target workplaces that have reported high injury and illness rates. Establishments selected under the SST program receive both a comprehensive safety and a comprehensive health inspection.

OSHA is requesting suggestions that can help improve the SST program, as well as information on how the program is perceived by workers and employers. Specifically, the Agency is seeking comments on the following questions:
  • Are the LWDII/DART rate and the DAFWII case rate appropriate measurement tools for the SST?
  • Should OSHA consider other measures for injuries and illnesses at individual establishments? If yes, what measures should be considered?
  • Should OSHA be looking at injury and illness data over multiple years rather than in a single year?
  • Should an establishment's priority for inspection take into account whether the establishment is in an industry with a high rate or a low rate of citations?
  • Should the SST include additional focuses such as specific industries, or past citation history?
  • Are there particular areas/hazards OSHA should be focusing its enforcement efforts on?
Written comments on OSHA's SST inspection program must be submitted in duplicate to the Docket Officer, Docket C-08, Room N2625, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC, (202) 693-2350. Comments limited to 10 pages or fewer may also be transmitted by fax to (202) 693-2350. Comments of 10 pages or fewer may be faxed to the Docket Office at (202) 693-1648, provided that the original and one copy are sent to the Docket Office immediately thereafter. Electronic comments may be submitted to: http://ecomments.osha.gov/

Notice of the proposal appears in the May 6 issue of the Federal Register.

OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.


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