Staying Off OSHA’s Severe Violator List (SVL)

Maintaining a safe work environment is not only a legal requirement – it is also a moral obligation that every business owes its employees. Staying off OSHA’s Severe Violator List (SVL) is extremely important to workplaces that pride themselves on having a strong safety culture.  What does it take to steer clear of this list?  What are the implications of being on the SVL?

Launched by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Severe Violator List (SVL) serves as a red flag for employers who have demonstrated a pattern of severe or repeated violations of workplace safety regulations. Once on this list, businesses face increased scrutiny from OSHA, higher fines, and significant damage to their reputation – consequences that no organization can afford to ignore.

So, what exactly lands a business on the SVL? It boils down to severe or repeated violations of OSHA regulations, particularly those that pose a significant risk to employee safety. Thankfully, there are steps that businesses can take to ensure they stay off OSHA’s radar and maintain a clean safety record:

  • Develop a Comprehensive Safety Program: Lay the foundation for a safe work environment by developing a robust safety program encompassing policies, procedures, and training initiatives tailored to mitigate risks.
  • Conduct Regular Safety Audits: Proactive identification of hazards through regular safety audits and inspections is key to determining potential risks as well as fostering a culture of safety.
  • Provide Adequate Training: Equip your workforce with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate workplace hazards safely through comprehensive training programs.
  • Promote a Culture of Safety: Foster a workplace culture where safety is first, encouraging employees to actively participate in hazard reporting and prioritizing safety in all business operations.
  • Respond Swiftly to Safety Concerns: Address safety concerns promptly and decisively, demonstrating a commitment to employee well-being and risk mitigation.
  • Maintain Accurate Records: Uphold transparency and accountability by maintaining detailed records of safety inspections, training, and incidents, ensuring compliance with OSHA regulations.
  • Respond to Citations Promptly: In the event of OSHA citations, respond promptly, take corrective action, and contest citations if necessary to protect your business’s reputation and financial well-being.

At IFO Group, we understand the importance of staying off OSHA’s Severe Violator List. Our team of Certified Safety Professionals (CSPs) and Industrial Hygienists (IHs) specialize in conducting comprehensive audits and developing gap closure plans to keep your business in compliance with safety regulations. Whether you are looking to strengthen your safety program or navigate the complexities of an OSHA citation, IFO Group is here to support you every step of the way.  By partnering with IFO Group and embracing a proactive approach to workplace safety, you can ensure a secure and thriving work environment for years to come.  Contact us at or at 832-403-2135 to request a free consultation.