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April 27, 2010 — OSHA Announces New Penalties and SVEP

Dear Congressional Staff:

In an effort to address urgent safety and health problems facing Americans in the workplace, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), is implementing a new Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP) and reforming the Agency's internal formulas for calculating civil penalty amounts. Tens of thousands of workers die from workplace disease and more than 4.6 million workers are seriously injured on the job annually. These two administrative efforts will allow OSHA to utilize all the tools available to deter workplace injuries and deaths. For more details, please see OSHA's press release:

OSHA's SVEP will replace the former Enhanced Enforcement Program (EEP) and will include enhancements recommended by the Department's Inspector General last year. Attached is a Fact Sheet with more information on the SVEP, as well as a comparison chart between the old EEP and the new SVEP.

If you have further questions or need more information on this announcement, please contact Janna Bergquist in the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at (202) 693-4649 or