On Oct. 16, 2018, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched a “site-specific targeting” (SST) plan that uses employer-submitted data from 2016 to select non-construction worksites for inspections. The plan, known as SST-16, is one of several OSHA initiatives that direct the agency’s enforcement resources to workplaces with high injury or illness rates in order to help ensure employers observe health and safety rules.
Under the SST-16, any non-construction establishment that was subject to OSHA’s electronic reporting requirements for 2016 may be selected for inspection. However, establishments that either reported high injury rates or failed to report in 2016 are particularly likely to be chosen.
Starting in 1995, OSHA conducted an annual SST plan that selected establishments for inspection based on data collected through a prior initiative. After that initiative expired in 2014, OSHA implemented a new data-collection mechanism through a final rule. Issued in May 2016, the final rule requires certain establishments to use OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application (ITA) to report workplace injury and illness information every year. For 2016 data, the initial submissions were due by Dec. 15, 2017.
OSHA’s SST-16, launched on Oct. 16, 2018, now uses that first set of electronic submissions to determine which establishments will be subject to comprehensive health or safety inspections under the program.
SST-16 Inspection Lists
The SST-16 uses software to generate inspection lists for each of OSHA’s area offices. These lists include random samples of the establishments described in the table below.
In general, each OSHA area office must inspect every establishment that appears on its SST inspection lists. However, an establishment is not subject to inspection under the program and will, therefore, be deleted from any SST-16 list, if it:
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