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Report: OSHA Inspections Up in 2019

Thursday, December 5, 2019

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On Tuesday (Dec. 3), the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that workplace safety and health inspections were up a significant amount in fiscal 2019.

Recent OSHA Report

This year, OSHA conducted 33,401 inspections, which is more than the last three years. According to the agency, the inspections dealt with violations connected to falls, trenching, chemical exposure, silica and other issues.

According to Bloomberg Environment, this is the highest number of inspections since 2015. That year, OSHA made 35,820 inspections.

The agency also reported that it had provided training for 1,392,611 workers—a record—through a number of education avenues, including the OSHA Training Institute Education Centers, the Outreach Training Program and the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program.

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On Tuesday (Dec. 3), the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that workplace safety and health inspections were up a significant amount in fiscal 2019.

Though there was a boost in the number of inspections, there was not an increase in the number of inspectors. The fiscal year is ending with 957 inspectors and field supervisors, the same amount as last year.

“OSHA’s efforts—rulemaking, enforcement, compliance assistance and training—are tools to accomplish our mission of safety and health for every worker,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt.

“I am proud of the diligent, hard work of all OSHA personnel who contributed to a memorable year of protecting our nation’s workers.”

Though details were not released about how many inspections occurred on construction sites and whether these inspections were connected to complaints or injuries, that information will be released in a forthcoming report due out in April.

Other OSHA News

In September, OSHA announced a final rule that included two new fit-testing protocols for ensuring correct respirator fit. According to the agency, the protocols cover the modified ambient aerosol condensation nuclei counter quantitative fit-testing protocol for both full- and half-mask elastomeric respirators, as well as the modified ambient aerosol CNC quantitative fit testing protocol for filtering facepiece respirators.

In October, the agency implemented a new OSHA Weighting System for the 2020 fiscal year. The OWS replaces the previous Enforcement Weighting System implemented in 2015.

   

Tagged categories: Health & Safety; Health and safety; Inspection; NA; North America; OSHA; OSHA; Safety

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