Employers Can Get Off OSHA’s Severe Violator List

Repeat safety offenders can remove themselves from the government’s “severe violator enforcement program” through two steps, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced last week.

According to the announcement, the program, or SVEP, has been in effect since 2010. The list includes companies that “demonstrate indifference to their responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act with willful, repeat or failure-to-abate violations.”

To get off the government’s bad list, here’s two things a company must do:

First, wait 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.

Second, pay all final penalties, obey and complete all settlement provisions, and not receive any additional serious citations related to the hazards identified in the SVEP inspection at the initial establishment or at any related establishments.

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