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OSHA publishes SVEP removal criteria

OSHA late last month published new criteria for removing employers from the agency's Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP), created in 2010 to monitor companies with "willful, repeat or failure-to-abate violations."

"Generally," OSHA said in a statement, "an employer may be considered for removal from the program by an OSHA Regional Administrator after:

  1. A period of three years from the date of the final disposition of the SVEP inspection citation items including: failure to contest, settlement agreement, Review Commission final order, or court of appeals decision.
  2. All affirmed violations have been abated, all final penalties have been paid, the employer has abided by and completed all settlement provisions, and has not received any additional serious citations related to the hazards identified in the SVEP inspection at the initial establishment or at any related establishments.

"In the event an employer fails to adhere to the terms and provisions of the agreement, the employer will remain in the program for an additional three years and will then be reevaluated," OSHA added.

For additional details regarding employer removal criteria from OSHA's SVEP program, click here.

09/05/2012