During the Bush administration, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) came under criticism for being too lax on repeat or egregious violators of workplace safety regulations. These complaints eventually led to the formation of the Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP) in 2010, which today includes the nation's most severe violators of OSHA regulations.
To earn a place on the list, an employer needs to meet one of the following criteria, according to OSHA guidelines:
- A willful, repeat or failure-to-abate citation for a serious violation related to an employee's death or the hospitalizations of three or more employees.
- Two or more willful, repeat or failure-to-abate citations based on serious violations related to a variety of high-emphasis hazards.
- Three or more willful, repeat or failure-to-abate citations based on violations related to the potential release of a hazardous chemical.
Employers remain in the SVEP for a minimum of three years after after their case has been finalized. To be removed, employers must pay all fines and penalties, address and correct all identified hazards and avoid any additional citations during those three years.
Placement into the SVEP can cause permanent damage to a company's reputation and place its bottom line at risk. Employers in the program experience difficulty finding new contracts and business partners, recruiting challenges and of course more regular and thorough OSHA inspections that can disrupt workflow and dampen productivity.
The best means of avoiding placement into the SVEP is to ensure OSHA regulatory compliance through the use of safety management software. With the proper tools and support, organizations can better protect the safety of their workers and avoid the cost and damage to their reputations associated with a failed OSHA inspection. For more information on how IndustrySafe can provide the safety management solutions you need, visit our website.