On April 19, 1999, OSHA announced a new site-specific enforcement plan that targets 2,200 workplaces for immediate, unannounced wall-to-wall inspection. The new plan, announced following the federal appelate court’s striking down of OSHA’s so-called Cooperative Compliance Program (“CCP”), is based on 1997 injury and illness data. Under the new plan, work sites with a Lost Workday Injury and Illness Rate (“LWDI”) of 16.0 or more will be inspected by the end of 1999. Employers with an LWDI of 16.0 or more should prepare for an inspection immediately.
On March 31, 1999 OSHA announced a pilot program in the Midwest region to educate employees about OSHA’s whistleblower protections. OSHA wants workers to know they have the right to report safety and health problems without fear of employer reprisals. OSHA will distribute a brochure on the subject, printed in English, Polish and Spanish. Strengthened legislative efforts also are planned.