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A safer, healthier workplace is within every employer’s reach. Learn the basic OSHA standards and smart business practices that protect your workers and keep you in compliance with recordkeeping, reporting and training requirements.​

Navigating the Nuances of OSHA Inspections

Closer OSHA Scrutiny and Increased Inspections Call for Complete Compliance

If your safety practices are careless or incomplete, you could find yourself the unwelcome target of an OSHA inspection. It starts with accurate recordkeeping, which OSHA uses to identify workplaces that may demand a closer look. From there, you need to be certain you’re following every safety standard that applies to your business.

Preparing for an Inspection
Preparing for an Inspection

Anyone covered by OSHA is subject to inspection by OSHA compliance officers. These professionals are trained to investigate safety and health hazards, and to enforce OSHA’s standards. Be sure you know how to handle a workplace inspection, whether announced or not.

In this chapter, you'll learn:

  • The ins and outs of OSHA inspections
  • How to plan for an OSHA inspection
  • What to expect during an inspection
Violations & Penalties

In the past few years, OSHA has stepped up workplace inspections and imposed stricter penalties for violations. Citations can have far-reaching implications. Now, more than ever, you need to take every precaution to prevent the safety offenses that result in heavy fines and penalties.

In this chapter, you'll learn:

  • What to do when you get a citation
  • Ways to handle a citation
  • How to contest a citation
  • Another post-citation move: requesting more time
Violations & Penalties