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Federal OSHA Prepares to Launch 2002 Targeted Inspection Program

March 01, 2002

By Gregory R. Watchman

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is preparing to launch its 2002 targeted inspection program. As a first step, in the past several weeks Federal OSHA has sent advisory letters to approximately 13,000 workplaces that reported high injury and illness rates. Employers who receive this advisory letter are likely to be inspected during the next twelve months. While this federal enforcement program is not applicable in states that have their own OSHA agency, many of these state agencies – such as California OSHA – have adopted their own comparable targeted enforcement programs.