On Wednesday, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration released information regarding its Site-Specific Targeting 2016 (SST-16) program. The program takes OSHA 300A employee injury and illness information electronically submitted by employers for FY 2016, and uses this data to schedule inspections for businesses with unusually high injury rates. In addition, employers that failed to submit the required information for 2016 may also be scheduled for unannounced safety inspections.
Employers in covered industries with 250 or more employees must electronically submit OSHA 300A information each year by July 1. Employers with between 20 and 249 employees in certain designated industries with high employee injury and illness rates must also submit the required data. Employers that miss the filing deadline may still update the OSHA database, but this late filing may result in inclusion in the audit program.