OSHA 2014 National Emphasis Program Includes HexChrome and Isocyanates

From CollisionWeek News

Collision repair facilities can expect increased levels of inspections by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to continue in 2014. OSHA issued its annual inspection plan under the Site-Specific Targeting 2014 program as well as its current list of National Emphasis Programs to direct enforcement resources to workplaces where the highest rates of injuries and illnesses occur.

The SST program is one of OSHA’s main programmed inspection plans for high-hazard, non-construction workplaces that have 20 or more workers. The SST plan is based on data collected from a survey of 80,000 establishments in high-hazard industries.

“By focusing our inspection resources on employers in high hazard industries who endanger their employees, we can prevent injuries and illnesses and save lives,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels.

As part of the SST-14 program, OSHA is conducting a study to evaluate the effectiveness of the program based on 1,260 randomly selected establishments.

In addition to the SST program, OSHA implements both national and local emphasis inspection programs, which include programmed inspections, to target high-risk hazards and industries. OSHA currently has 13 National Emphasis Programs including previously announced programs covering Hexavalent Chromium (HexChrome) regulations and Isocyanates that are important regulatory compliance issue for collision repairers.

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