Post-Inspection Responsibilities

If an inspector finds violations of OSHA standards or serious hazards during an inspection, OSHA must issue a Citation and Notification of Penalty within 6 months of the violation's occurrence. The citation will:

  • Describe OSHA requirements allegedly violated;
  • List any proposed penalties; and
  • Give a deadline for correcting the alleged hazards.

OSHA encourages employers to call their local OSHA area office upon receipt of the citation to discuss any concerns. 

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