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What is an OSHA Inspection?

QUESTION: What is an OSHA Inspection?

ANSWER: The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 authorizes OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) to conduct worksite inspections to investigate if employers are in compliance with OSHA requirements and standards for safety and health in the workplace. OSHA inspections are usually conducted without advance notice. Inspections may be conducted because OSHA has been notified of an imminent danger situation, fatalities have occurred at a worksite, employee complaints about working conditions have been made to OSHA, or someone has referred a worksite for inspection by OSHA. Worksites may also be selected for an inspection as part of an OSHA planned inspection program such as the Site-Specific Targeting Program.

During an OSHA inspection, Compliance Safety and Health Officers review the worksite's history, company operations, and injury, illness and fatality records. A walkthrough of the workplace will be done to observe safety and health conditions and practices. Compliance Officers will investigate for safety and health hazards that could lead to employee illness or injury. Violations discovered during an OSHA inspection may result in citations and costly fines and penalties.

Maintaining OSHA compliance should a top priority in every facility. Failure to have the proper hazard labeling and other safety labels in your facility can lead to serious injury or death, and may result in costly OSHA fines and penalties. Investing in workplace safety pays off every day in the reduction of occupational hazards, fewer accidents, lower insurance and worker compensation costs, improved efficiency, and increased productivity.

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