Get Your Business Ready for an OSHA Inspection
Every business owner will know that preparing for an OSHA inspection begins long before inspectors arrive at the door. Complying with OSHA standards demands long-term commitment and adherence to important safety rules. Businesses must strive to promote a culture of safety and wellness, provide training, and motivate the entire team to safeguard their workplace.
What does OSHA usually inspect?
OSHA tends to inspect businesses with the highest risk of imminent danger that could cause serious physical harm or death. Their priorities range from fatal accidents, employee complaints, specific industry hazards, and follow up inspections to ensure hazard abatement.
How to prepare
OSHA rarely gives notice of inspections, which is why it is incredibly important to always be prepared. The process can take hours or weeks, depending on the size of your company.
- Make sure every team member understands their responsibilities when it comes to hazards at each worksite.
- Record everything. Retain paperwork in an organized and safe location.
- Know that OSHA can ask any employees questions in a private interview – employers should ensure every employee can explain they know how to be safe at the worksite.
- Ask for a copy of the complaint/reason before the OSHA inspector begins.
- Managers will receive extra scrutiny so train them up.
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