How should CSHOs be evaluated?To which a second commenter responded:
On numbers and lapse time. At least partially. If we set goals for them to achieve (like we do for the ADs and AADs) at least they'll have a starting place. And that will eliminate the low performers/deadwood on staff.Let's put aside the fact that we can't legally be evaluated on the number of inspections we conduct, I personally would be willing to be evaluated on inspection numbers and lapse time, because I trust my AD to make allowances for fatalities or sig cases. But I know CSHOs in other offices who don't trust their AD to be fair. The problem is that there are a few ADs who seem to be incapable objectivity, and so how do we develop an evaluation system that's fair in those situations? Does anyone really think that the CSHOs that worked on Imperial Sugar or Milk Specialties Company had a chance in hell to do 100 inspections for the year? Now ask yourself this: if you had to do one of those inspections, would your AD make allowances and reduce the number of inspection you had to do for the year?
One suggestion from Kane at the OSHA Underground is to use a panel for our evaluation. I've haven't seen a detailed enough proposal to say whether or not this is a good or bad idea, but I'm leery. The panel would almost have to consist of CSHOs from within the AO because outsiders aren't familiar enough with what we accomplish. The biggest obstacle I see is that my performance bonus is based on how many elements I exceed, the same as the potential panel members. Because we're competing for the same money, they have a vested interest in my having a lower evaluation than they get. Now, instead of being pissed at management, we're pissed at each other. If Kane ever expands on his idea I'll certainly give it a new look, but color me skeptical.
Where does that leave me? I'm not sure. Lapse time should certainly be part of the evaluation, again, as long as there are provisions for unusually long cases. Maybe someone could develop a formula that adjusts acceptable lapse time based on the number and types of violations. You get 8 hours for an IC complaint, but 120 hours if you have 4 Willful and 10 serious violations.
Let's open this up a little, what do the other CSHOs out there think, how should we be evaluated?