The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has dispatched about 15,000 letters to companies to notify them that their rates of illness and injury are higher than average. These so-called DART (Days Away, Restricted and Transfer) reports generally are followed up by OSHA inspections, if the past be any guide.

OSHA has made no official announcement about the computer-generated letters, but it is expected that they will be used in the agency’s ongoing Site Specific Targeting (SST) Program, under which 4,500 companies are to be inspected this year.

If you’ve received such a letter, it’s a good time to review not only your record-keeping (which will be examined if you’re inspected) but also your companywide safety policies and procedures.

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