Overview: OSHA performs workplace safety inspections in order to ensure employer compliance.
When OSHA does inspect a workplace, it will show up unannounced, except under limited circumstances. The employer has the right to request that the agency get a warrant, to see the inspectors' credentials and to be told the reason for the inspection.
An OSHA inspection will consist of an opening conference, a walk-around and then a closing conference. The employer and the employees each have the right to have a representative present during the inspection. Citations will not be issued that day, but during the closing conference, the OSHA inspector might mention some of the areas of concern where citations will likely be issued later.
Author: Melissa Gonzalez Boyce, JD, Legal Editor
Fatalities and imminent danger exposures related to COVID-19 will be prioritized for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspections, with particular attention given to healthcare organizations and first responders.
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This checklist may be used to prepare for an inspection conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)..
This letter may be used to file a Notice of Contest after receipt of an Occupational Safety and Health Administration citation
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This letter may be used to file a certification of violation abatement with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.