Each year, OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) proactively targets employers with the nation’s highest rates of work-related injuries and illnesses for inspection. In order to identify and monitor these businesses, OSHA created the Site-Specific Targeting Inspection Program (SST) and an accompanying annual SST list of targeted employers, otherwise known as the “Hit List”. This primary and secondary list may consist of up to 15,000 employers.
But even if your company is on 2014’s “Hit List”, there is a possibility that you may be able to avoid an SST inspection. The secret lies in your DART rates from the last three years.
What is the DART Rate?
DART (Days Away, Restricted or Transferred) refers to injuries that resulted in days away from the job, injuries that led to restrictions from normal occupational duties, or injuries that resulted in both. Typically, OSHA takes your DART rate into account when determining if your business will be targeted for an SST inspection.
What’s Different for 2014?
This year, OSHA has decided to skip inspections for employers on the “Hit List” that have maintained low DART rates in two of the three years between 2011 and 2013. However, you will still be at risk if:
- Your business never filled out the survey
- Your business failed to send in the required OSHA data
- Your Certified Safety & Health Official (CSHO)-calculated DART rates from 2011 – 2013 are at 3.6 or above
- Your DART rates are below 3.6 but any two of your CSHO-calculated Days Away From Work due to Illness or Injury (DAFWII) case rates are at 2.2 or above
There currently aren’t any plans to bypass inspections based on your DART rates beyond 2014, so it is smart to do everything you can to keep your DART rates low and your employees safe.
For more information on OSHA’s SST program, contact ERM Insurance Brokers today! (949) 222-0444