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Multi-Employer Citation Policy
On multi-employer work sites (in all industry and construction sectors), more than one employer may be cited for a hazardous condition that violates an OSHA standard. A two step process will be used to make a multi-employer citation determination.
Step 1 - Determine whether the employer is a creating, exposing, correcting or controlling employer.
Step 2 - Determine if the employer's actions were sufficient to meet the required obligations.
Creating Employer - one that causes a hazardous condition
Exposing Employer - one whose employees are exposed to the hazard
Correcting Employer - one who is responsible for correcting a hazard
Controlling Employer - one who has supervisory authority over the work-site
In most cases, the employer whose employees are exposed to a hazardous condition will receive a citation.
Creating, correcting, and controlling employers may receive a citation even if their own employees are not exposed to those hazards if they have not acted appropriately to mitigate the conditions.
The OSHA multi-employer directive with examples can be found on the OSHA web site at www.osha.gov. You can also contact the local OSHA Area Office if you have any questions.
--George Yoksas, Milwaukee Area Director, OSHA