Getting off OSHA’s “Severe Violator” List

Whoever said “there’s no such thing as bad publicity!” couldn’t have known about OSHA’s Severe Violator list. There are a lot of lists you want to get on (Best Company to work for, Safest Company in the NW,…) but this is one list you definitely do not want to be put on and, if you do end up on it, you want to get off it ASAP.

To respond to inquiries about how to get removed for the list, OSHA published a memorandum for regional administrators about “Removal Criteria for the Severe Violator Enforcement Program” (SVEP).

To date some “288 inspections have beem designated as SVEP inspections“.

From the memorandum:

“After reviewing the policy, DEP determined that an employer may be removed from the SVEP after a period of three years from the date of final disposition of the SVEP inspection citation items. Final disposition may occur through failure to contest, settlement agreement, Review Commission final order, or court of appeals decision. Employers must have abated all SVEPrelated hazards affirmed as violations, paid all final penalties, abided by and completed all settlement provisions, and not received any additional serious citations related to the hazards identified in the SVEP inspection at the initial establishment or at any related establishments.”

Read the full memorandum here.