No business owner wants negative publicity. But that’s what can happen if you’re not in compliance with OSHA’s safety program. Since its implementation the OSHA Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP) – arguably the broadest workplace safety initiative– more than 500 businesses are on its list of bad actors. Whether your business employs less than 15 people or you are a corporate giant, you are not immune to workplace hazards and having your dirty laundry aired online for all to see.
This initiative reflects the importance of workplace safety and OSHA’s overwhelming task of monitoring regulatory challenges. As OSHA has a mere 1,850 inspectors, and there are over 8 million workplaces to examine, there has to be some sort of resolve. With this severe violator’s list, OSHA can use their resources to hone in on the worst offenders and ensure repeat offenders’ workplace safety efforts are compliant with their standards.
However, there is a catch. With almost 5,000 workplace deaths each year, OSHA would still be overwhelmed if one death resulted in that company being named on the severe violators enforcement program (SVEP). For that reason, the death of a worker will put a company on the list only if the circumstances are particularly flagrant or reflect a pattern of reckless conduct. For example, in 2015 only one out of every roughly 200 employers with an on-the-job fatality landed on the list. Ideally, companies that uphold safe practices are encouraged to continue doing the right thing to avoid being placed on this list. It’s important to note that one offense does not mean public shaming for a business. In order for a business to land on the SVEP, multiple violations over the course of months and years need to be filed. Therefore, businesses that employ proper safety practices only need to focus on continuing their efforts. However, for those businesses that have not yet mastered their workplace safety programs, now is the time to enforce action.
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