Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Cooperative Compliance Program Goes National

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Cooperative Compliance Program Goes National

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OSHA's new administrator, Charles Jeffress, kicked off the agency's nationwide Cooperative Compliance Program (CCP) recently, by saying that of the 10,000 to 12,000 worksites in the high-risk pool, at least 500 can expect inspections by spring.

The worksites targeted for the CCP were culled from 1996 lost workday injury and illness records from 80,000 manufacturers and companies in 14 other high-hazard Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes. The agency chose worksites that are in one of OSHA's 29 federal enforcement states and had a lost workday injury rate of 7.0 or higher. The national average is 3.6, Jeffress said.

Employers who receive a letter from OSHA about CCP have 45 days to respond. The first round of letters, expected to go out in mid-December, will give employers on the priority list until Jan. 30 to respond, Jeffress said. OSHA will give employers an additional 90 days to try to eliminate serious hazards in the worksite before it begins inspections. Inspections under CCP are expected to begin in May.

Employers who decline or ignore OSHA's overtures will remain on the primary inspection list and will be visited by an OSHA inspector for an "old-time, complete OSHA inspection," Jeffress said.

Employers who cooperate with OSHA will be placed on a secondary list with roughly a 30 percent chance of inspection. OSHA will not cite participating worksites for most nonserious violations corrected during an inspection, officials said.

Worksites with fewer than 100 workers who partner with OSHA and seek assistance from a state consultation program will be placed on a tertiary list with about a 10 percent chance of inspection. …

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