Just when you thought you had a handle on what OSHA’s up to, it goes and changes things!
At a recent safety conference, OSHA Chief, David Michaels, announced its area offices will be shifting emphasis from the total number of inspections conducted to the quality of inspections.
In other words, it’s not about dropping in for a quick inspection then moving on. Inspectors will conduct thorough, in-depth investigations – some of which could be months long, according to Michaels.
These in-depth inspections could include hazards such as process safety management or chemical exposure, according to the OSHA Chief, but that doesn’t mean companies are off the hook for other hazards. Michaels also said in addition to its regular enforcement strategies, OSHA will focus on two General Duty Clause hazards: ergonomics and workplace violence.
You may want to adjust your internal safety plans and inspections to make sure all these hazards are addressed and prevented.