How to Prepare for an Onsite OSHA Inspection

This year marks the 50th year of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Signed into law in 1970 and enacted on April 28, 1971, the OSH Act requires that employers follow all relevant OSHA safety and health standards and correct all safety and health hazards. Today, OSHA has jurisdiction over approximately 7 million worksites and has significantly reduced workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses through their enforcement program over the past five decades. OSHA compliance officers are safety professionals or industrial hygienists who conduct inspections based on imminent danger situations, worker fatalities or hospitalizations, severe injuries or illnesses, worker complaints, referrals, targeted inspections aimed at specific high hazard industries or follow-up inspections. Each OSHA inspection can be broken down into three main parts; the opening conference, the actual inspection or “walk around” and the closing conference. Knowing what to expect during these three critical parts of an OSHA inspection can help your company be prepared and avoid the stress of an OSHA inspection. Here are some tips to help you get ready:

OSHA Top 10 Cited Standards

Each year, OSHA updates their list of the most common standards cited following an inspection of worksites by federal OSHA compliance officers. Although the order of these citations may change, you will find these ten violations recur year to year. Being aware of these frequently cited standards, can help employers develop safety programs to prevent many injuries and illnesses that occur in the workplace.