Now, if OSHA decides to come to your facility to perform an inspection, it’s much more likely to be comprehensive instead of one just focused on a single problem.
OSHA has issued a directive that cancels focused inspections for general industry for now. Focused inspections will continue in the construction and maritime industries.
The agency is in the process of considering a new Annual Operating Plan that will change the General Industry Inspection protocol.
OSHA developed guidelines for its inspectors to conduct focused inspections in the construction and maritime industries in 1994 and 1998, respectively. The agency says focused inspections allow it to use its resources more efficiently.
Focused inspections primarily address the predominant hazards of the industry. Comprehensive inspections look at a wide range of potential hazards.
In 2008, focused inspections were extended to general industry.
Information on focused inspections for the construction industry is here. Click here for information about the maritime program.