PEST Program Helps OSHA Step Up Enforcement
Overall, in a nation with tens of millions of active construction sites, OSHA inspects fewer then 10,000 per year.
“OSHA is willing, but it simply doesn’t have the inspectors to investigate more sites,” says LHSFNA Occupational Safety and Health Division Director Scott Schneider. “The PEST Program gives Laborers a way to help.”
PEST stands for Photo-Enforcement Safety Tip sheet. The regionally-specific sheets cover the three most common areas of construction work site hazards – trenches, scaffolding and falls – and they provide the OSHA area enforcement phone numbers for all states in the region.
OSHA accepts call-in complaints about serious safety violations and will respond within 24 hours to a reported hazard that is life-threatening. The PEST sheets stress the importance of reporting “imminent danger” situations and, also, suggest that a digital photo will encourage a prompt agency response.
Laborers who see serious violations on non-union sites should call OSHA and report the problem. If they see violations on their own jobsites, they should tell their steward, contractor or safety director to get them corrected. If immediate action is not taken, they should contract their business manager to ensure results.
To view and print the PEST sheets for your region, click on your state below. More information about OSHA area offices is available from OSHA.