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OSHA updates its inspection program for the new fiscal year

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced updates to its Federal Agency Targeting Inspection Program (FEDTARG) directive for fiscal 2012.

The directive provides guidance on programmed inspections of federal agency establishments reporting high numbers of injuries that led to time away from work in 2011. The update outlines the procedures of conducting these inspections. Any establishments that reported 100 or more lost-time cases in fiscal 2011 will be inspected by the agency.

Other updates include provisions for reviewing alternative and supplementary standards, as well as clarifications on how OSHA Area Directors determine the number and location of site-specific inspections for establishments with more than one service or operation.

FEDTARG 2012 will help OSHA continue its nationwide inspection campaign of federal work sites. The program first started in 2008 after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommended OSHA develop a specific inspection program for federal workplaces.

When inspecting work sites, OSHA covers a wide range of standards, including ensuring proper use of safety products such as fall protection, hard hats, and safety glasses