Recognition and Exemption Programs

  • Inspection Deferral

    To be eligible for an inspection deferral, you must:

    • Receive a full-service consultation
    • Receive a comprehensive safety and health program review
    • Continue working with PA/OSHA consultants to improve safety and health programs

    Employers will not be eligible for inspection deferrals if the inspection is prompted by:

    • Employee complaints
    • Imminent danger
    • Fatalities
    • Other catastrophes

    At the end of the inspection deferral period, participating employers should be eligible to apply for admission into the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).

    Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) 

    Benefits offered by SHARP:

    • 12-month exemption from programmed OSHA inspections
    • 24-month exemption from programmed OSHA inspections after one-year certificate renewal

    However, this exemption would not apply to inspections prompted by a formal employee complaint, imminent danger hazard, fatality, or catastrophe.