If you are an employer in the construction industry, you need to be prepared for a potential OSHA inspection. Here are 10 essential things you should know to make sure you are ready.
- OSHA’s jurisdiction: OSHA inspects most private sector workplaces and some public sector workplaces. If you are unsure whether your workplace falls under OSHA’s jurisdiction, you can check online or contact OSHA directly.
- Reasons for inspection: Inspections can be triggered by a complaint, accident, or referral, but they can also be conducted as part of OSHA’s regular inspection program.
- Right to representation: Employers have the right to have a representative present during the inspection. This can be a Project Manager, Superintendent, Safety Officer, or any other designated individual.
- Employee involvement: Employees have the right to participate in the inspection and raise any health or safety concerns they have.
- Document request: OSHA may request to see your workplace’s injury and illness logs, as well as any other relevant documents. Be sure to have these readily available. These would include the 300, 300A, and 301.
- Walk-around inspection: The inspector will conduct a walk-around inspection of the workplace to identify any potential hazards. Be prepared to accompany the inspector and provide any necessary information.
- Citations: If the inspector identifies any violations, you may receive citations and proposed penalties. You have the right to contest the citations and proposed penalties within 15 days.
- Abatement: You’re required to correct any violations identified during the inspection within a specified timeframe. OSHA may return to verify that the corrections have been made.
- Post-inspection procedures: After the inspection, you should take steps to prevent future violations and ensure a safe and healthy workplace for your employees.
- Record-keeping: After the inspection, keep a record of any findings or violations noted by the inspector, as well as any steps taken to correct them. This information will be useful in case of future inspections or if you need to contest a citation.
With proper preparation, you can ensure a successful OSHA inspection and help maintain a safe and healthy workplace for your employees.