Handle an OSHA Inspection

Key Points

  • An OSHA Inspector may appear at a workplace at any reasonable time within business hours. The inspector will not, and cannot, give advanced notice (with certain exceptions). The employer does have the right to demand a warrant before allowing the inspector onto the premises.
  • Employees have the right to have an employee representative participate in the inspection process.
  • OSHA inspections consist of presenting credentials, an opening conference, the walk around and the closing conference.
  • OSHA will issue any citations resulting from the inspection at a different date, a few weeks after the citation.

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