OSHA ‘s Severe Violator Enforcement Program  (SVEP) has been in effect since June 18, 2010. So what does an employer have to do to get out of this program? OSHA published Removal Criteria for SVEP  August 16, 2012.

SVEP is like Double Secret Probation except it’s no secret…

SVEP  is intended to focus agency resources on employers that demonstrate indifference to their responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act with willful, repeat or failure-to-abate violations.

To date, 288 inspections have been designated as SVEP inspections.

What must an employer do to be removed from SVEP?

  • Only after a period of three years from the date of final disposition of the SVEP inspection citation items.
  • Employers must have abated all SVEP–related hazards affirmed as violations,
  • Paid all final penalties,
  • Abided by and completed all settlement provisions,
  • Not received any additional serious citations related to the hazards identified in the SVEP inspection at the initial establishment or at any related establishments.

If an employer “fails to abate all hazards, pay all penalties, or comply with settlement terms during this three-year period, the Regional
Administrator shall notify DEP with a brief summary of the situation. The employer will remain on the SVEP log for an additional three years and will then be reevaluated.”

Find the Removal Criteria Memorandum here.

OSHA SVEP Removal Criteria News Release

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