Division of Labor and Industry


MOSH Instruction 13-1 - Site-Specific Targeting  

Subject: MOSH Instruction 13-1 - Site-Specific Targeting
Effective Date: January 23, 2013
Issuance Date: January 23, 2013
Cancellation: MOSH Instruction 11-8
Expiration Date: Effective until replaced by a new Instruction. Upon replacement of this Instruction, inspection cycles already underway must be completed as provided in Paragraph IV.B.
Purpose: This Instruction implements MOSH's Site Specific Targeting (SST) inspection plan. This program does not include construction sites.
Scope: This Instruction applies MOSH-wide.
Reference: OSHA Directive 13-01 (CPL 02)
Contact: Chief of MOSH Compliance Services
See MOSH Website for Current Information
By and Under the Authority of: Eric M. Uttenreither, Assistant Commissioner


  1. MOSH's Programmed Inspection Programs

    MOSH's Site-Specific Targeting (SST) program is MOSH's main programmed inspection plan for non-construction workplaces. The SST plan is based on the data received from the prior years' OSHA Data Initiative survey. The Data Initiative survey and the SST program help MOSH achieve its goal of reducing the number of injuries and illnesses that occur at individual workplaces by directing enforcement resources to those workplaces where the highest rate of injuries and illness have occurred.

    In addition, MOSH implements "emphasis" inspection programs to target high-risk hazards and industries.

  2. Creating the SST Inspection Lists

    By applying industry and establishment-size criteria, OSHA focuses its data collection towards establishments that are most likely to be experiencing elevated rates and numbers of occupational injuries and illnesses. Specifically, OSHA collects injury and illness data through the Data Initiative survey from larger establishments (20 or more employees) in historically high-rate industries.

    NOTE: The 2010 and 2011 injury and illness data that was collected by the 2011 and 2012 Data Initiative is used in this Site-Specific Targeting program.

  3. SIC and NAICS Codes

    The Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes as well as the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes are referenced in this Instruction. Eventually the NAICS codes will replace the SIC codes, but during the years of the transition, one or the other, and sometimes both, will be used.

    Beginning with calendar year 2003, injury and illness data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) uses the NAICS codes. BLS data referenced in this Instruction uses NAICS codes.

    Coverage of OSHA's injury and illness recordkeeping rule (29 CFR Part 1904) is defined by SIC in §1904.2. In turn, the OSHA Data Initiative survey is based on the coverage of the recordkeeping rule. Until OSHA amends the coverage of its recordkeeping rule to reflect data published under the NAICS coding system, this Instruction will use both the NAICS and SIC codes.

    Whenever possible, both the SIC and NAICS codes for individual establishments will be supplied to the Regional Offices.

cc: J. Ronald DeJuliis, Commissioner, Division of Labor and Industry
Jonathan Krasnoff, Assistant Attorney General
Office of Administrative Hearings

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