OSHA hit list: Who’s on it, and what to do if you are

by on January 18, 2011 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network
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At least 4,100 worksites around the country can look forward to “special treatment” from OSHA in the next few months.

These unfortunate folks are on the top priority list for comprehensive inspections under OSHA’s site specific targeting program for the 2010-11 year, ending late next summer.

The criteria
OSHA recently announced how an establishment will be chosen for this list. And it’s probably worth your time to review whether you’re likely to be on it, and what to do if you are.

The agency has chosen its primary targets based on data collected in 2009 covering two frequency measures of occupational injuries and illness – Days Away, Restricted and Transferred (DART), and Days Away From Work Injury and Illness (DAFWII).

Struck by a ‘DART’
In manufacturing, about 3,300 establishments will be up for an OSHA visit – those with either a DART rate of 7.0 or higher, or a DAFWII rate of 5.0 or higher. Either will get a workplace on the list. (By comparison, the national DART rate for private industry was 2.0 based on the 2009 data, and the DAFWII rate 1.1).

Some 500 non-manufacturing workplaces will also be targeted, those with DART rates of 15.0 and up, or DAFWII rates of 14.0 and up.

A separate list of 300 nursing and personal care facilities will also go under OSHA’s microscope. These are facilities with DART rates at or above 16.0, and DAFWII rates of 13.0 or higher.

Also, workplaces that were among the 80,000 asked to provide 2009 injury data, but didn’t, will be targeted. (The 80,000 were chosen from establishments with 40+ employees in historically high injury-rate industries.) “Inclusion of nonresponders is intended to discourage employers from not responding to the Data Initiative in order to avoid inspection,” OSHA says.

Calculating the rate
By the way, in case the formula for calculating your DART rate has slipped your mind, here it is:

  • Take the total number of hours worked at your facility during the year
  • Divide by the number of injury/illness cases in which workers missed work or had to have job restrictions or a transfer, and
  • Multiply the result by a constant of 200, representing a base of hours worked per 100 full-time employees.

For the DAFWII rate, the procedure is the same, except that you divide only by missed-work cases. Restrictions and transfers don’t figure in DAFWII, which is why it’s usually lower than DART.

More targets
Even if you don’t make the primary target list – and we certainly hope you don’t – you’re not out of the woods yet. OSHA has also created a secondary target list that area OSHA offices can attack if they finish their primary-list inspections before next August.

Manufacturing workplaces get on the secondary list if they have DART rates between 5.0 and 7.0, or DAFWII rates between 4.0 and 5.0. For non-manufacturing, the target rates are 7.0-15.0 (DART) and 5.0-14.0 (DAFWII). For nursing and personal care the rates are 13.0-16.0 (DART) and 11.0-13.0 (DAFWII).

Special situations: If you have an OSHA Strategic Partnership, are taking part in an On-Site Consultation Program, are a Voluntary Protection Program applicant or are in the process of meeting SHARP (Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program) requirements, you can get inspection deferrals ranging from 75 days to 18 months. See the OSHA directive for details, at
http://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/Directive_pdf/CPL_02_10-06.pdf

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