February 5

New Updates to Dept. of Labor Workplace Inspections

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It is the right of every individual to have a safe workplace they can attend to each day. Still, accidents can happen and injuries aren’t always preventable. For this reason it is critical to have a plan in place for emergency situations as well as training to instruct employees and staff on best practices for safety in the workplace. 

The U.S. Department of Labor, which works to help improve workplace conditions and offer opportunities for profitable employment in the U.S., together with OSHA use a yearly inspection program as enforcement for locations where injuries and illness are occurring. 

For 2021, they have announced an update to that program named “Site-Specific Targeting (SST) Directive” which will directly focus on enforcement of these rules and regulations at establishments that continue to have high rates of illness and incidents. 

Some of the most notable new changes that have occurred in the directive include new targeting categories for workplaces that have shown consistent increases in injury and illness in the specified 3 year period. 

There is also a new specification that allow for safety and health officers to screen for incorrect data to ensure that those facilities making the list have in fact had elevated cases and there is no incorrect data. 

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