CONN-OSHA’s Alternative Approach to the Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP)
In Connecticut, when any employer has a workplace which has been identified as a high hazard facility and one of the criteria below has been met, then the facility will be identified as a “Severe Violator”.
- Fatality/Catastrophe Criterion: A fatality/catastrophe inspection where CONN-OSHA finds at least one willful or repeated or issues a failure to abate citation based on a serious violation directly related to an employee death, or to an incident causing three or more employee hospitalizations.
- Non-Fatality/Catastrophe Criterion: An inspection where CONN-OSHA finds at least two willful, repeated or failure to abate citations have been issued.
- Significant Case: When a CONN-OSHA inspection issues thirty or more citations classified as serious or greater to one location. NOTE: The number of citations are individually counted when they are grouped together in an inspection.
CONN-OSHA will remove an employer from the SVEP after three years from the date of receiving acceptable abatement verification. To be eligible for removal, the employer must have:
A) Abated all willful, repeat, failure to abate, or serious violations,
B) Paid all final penalties,
C) Followed and completed all applicable settlement provisions, and
D) Have received one follow-up or referral CONN-OSHA Inspection.