Mar. 12, 2021 • Volume 20, Issue 6 • A twice-monthly newsletter with information about workplace safety and health.
National Emphasis Program
OSHA launched a national emphasis program to protect high-risk workers from COVID-19 hazards. The program also prioritizes employers that retaliate against workers who complain about unsafe or unhealthful conditions.
OSHA also updated its Interim Enforcement Response Plan to prioritize the use of on-site workplace inspections where practical.
What is a national emphasis program and why does OSHA institute them?
National Emphasis Programs (NEPs) are temporary programs that focus OSHA resources on particular hazards and high-hazard industries. New and existing programs are evaluated using inspection data, injury and illness data, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports, peer-reviewed literature, analysis of inspection findings, and other information.