Compliance Bulletin: OSHA’s SST-16 Inspection Plan Targets Worksites Based on 2016 Reports


On Oct. 16, 2018, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched a “site-specific targeting” (SST) plan that uses employer-submitted data from 2016 to select non-construction worksites for inspections. The plan, known as SST-16, is one of several OSHA initiatives that direct the agency’s enforcement resources to workplaces with high injury or illness rates in order to help ensure employers observe health and safety rules.

Under the SST-16, any non-construction establishment that was subject to OSHA’s electronic reporting requirements for 2016 may be selected for inspection. However, establishments that either reported high injury rates or failed to report in 2016 are particularly likely to be chosen.


Establishments that were subject to OSHA’s electronic reporting requirements for 2016—especially those that either failed to comply or reported high injury rates—should begin preparing for a comprehensive OSHA inspection.

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