Will the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) give an employer advanced warning that it is coming for an inspection?

Authors: John D. Surma and Collin G. Warren, Adams and Reese LLP

Not typically. OSHA says that advance notice will not given prior to an inspection except where:

  1. There is an imminent danger requiring notice;
  2. An inspection needs to be conducted after business hours or where special preparations are needed;
  3. It is necessary to insure the presence of individuals needed to aid in the inspection; or
  4. In other situations deemed appropriate by the Area Director.