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How to Handle an OSHA Inspection

Author: Leanne Coffman, The Safety Training Solution LLC

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has the authority to inspect workplaces for safety and health violations and hazardous conditions. Evaluating hazards through onsite inspections is a valuable tool that OSHA performs with regularity to protect workers on the job. In fact, roughly forty thousand workplaces a year experience an OSHA inspection.

The agency will assess any hazards found during an inspection and may cite employers for noncompliance. In most cases, OSHA does not give any advance notice, which often makes employers nervous to find an OSHA compliance officer suddenly standing on the doorstep, ready to tour the facility and examine documentation.