Severe Violator Enforcement Program

In a memorandum to Regional Administrators, OSHA’s Director of Enforcement Programs (DEP) has set forth the criteria for employers to be removed from the Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP).  The memorandum stems from a review of the SVEP undertaken by DEP in fiscal year 2011.

Under the memorandum, an employer may be removed from the SVEP after

In what is certainly one of the most active periods in OSHA’s history, the Agency is using every tool at its disposal to ensure that employers are in compliance with OSHA’s standards and rules.  OSHA is pushing forward with new rules, enforcement initiatives, interpretive letters, media initiatives, and so forth, at an unprecedented pace.

A review of OSHA’s website

OSHA has just announced that its Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP) is effective June 18th.  The SVEP “concentrates resources on inspecting employers who have demonstrated indifference to their OSH Act obligations by willful, repeated, or failure-to-abate violations.” Under the program, an inspection of an employer meeting the criteria of an SVEP case may result in enhanced follow-up inspections

In moves designed to enhance the effectiveness of its enforcement activities, OSHA has unveiled a new “Severe Violator Enforcement Program” and a memorandum to Regional Administrators that has the effect of increasing penalties for employers receiving citations. These enhancements are further evidence of OSHA’s emphasis on enforcement and all employers must take note.

Severe Violator Enforcement