WASHINGTON (Dec. 12, 2007) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Jan. 1 will begin monitoring more closely employers with a history of substandard safety and health programs.
The new Enhanced Enforcement Rules call for OSHA to focus on companies that have had willful, repeat and failure-to-abate violations. OSHA said the procedures under the new program will be triggered if the agency investigates a fatality and finds one or more willful violation or a series of repeated violations related to the death.
Failure to abate serious violations of OSHA rules also will trigger enhanced enforcement, the agency said.
The full text of the compliance directive can be found at www.osha.gov.