How to Survive an OSHA Inspection

The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) authorizes the U.S. Department of Labor, through the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), to conduct inspections to ensure that employers are providing a safe workplace for their employees. OSHA inspectors, called compliance and safety officers, conduct inspections to help reduce on-the-job hazards and prevent injuries, illnesses, and deaths in the workplace.

Typically, OSHA conducts inspections without advance notice (although employers generally have the right to require an inspection warrant before compliance officers enter the worksite). Depending on the severity of the inspection, either off-site phone/fax investigations or on-site inspections are conducted. When an inspector finds violations of OSHA standards or serious hazards, OSHA may issue citations and fines.

This section will help you prepare for, and successfully navigate through, an OSHA inspection. It will also help you learn about your options and responsibilities following an OSHA inspection.

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