OSHA has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to revise regulations covering the agency's On-site Consultation Program. Proposed changes include clarifying the Assistant Secretary's authority to identify sites that will be inspected, even if those sites are normally exempt because of their SHARP status. For example, when workplace accidents occur that generate widespread public concern about a hazard or substance, such as diacetyl or combustible dust, the Assistant Secretary may order OSHA to inspect all sites within a specific industry.
Other proposed changes would add referrals as a basis to terminate an employer's on-site consultation visit and conduct an enforcement visit. OSHA is also proposing to revise the existing initial exemption for employers who have achieved SHARP status to one year with an extension of up to another year.
Comments on the proposed rule must be submitted by November 2, 2010.