Guide to OSHA Inspections: What You Need to Know

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This guide to OSHA inspection covers a lot of ground.

OSHA Compliance Requirements

Preparing for an OSHA Inspection begins with knowing about the OSHA compliance requirements for your industry. That starts with the OSHA General Duty Clause and then includes the relevant OSHA standards (1910/1926, etc., depending on your industry). We give you the links you need to learn more about these standards but also links to a lot of resources that OSHA and others have created to help employers comply with these regulations (remember, OSHA WANTS you to comply and they do a lot to make compliance easier for employers).

Common Triggers of OSHA Inspections

If you’d like to avoid an OSHA inspection, one of the best ways to do it is to know the most common triggers of an OSHA inspection and then avoid those triggers. Because OSHA’s resources are limited, they can’t just inspect every workplace in America. Instead, they have a set of inspection priorities, which they list in their own OSHA Inspection Fact Sheet. We list those triggers/inspection priorities for an OSHA workplace inspection for you in the guide.

Types of Hazards OSHA Inspectors Will Look For

All OSHA inspections and all OSHA inspectors (OSHA Compliance Officers) are different, but you can prepare by looking for certain types of workplace hazards that an OSHA inspectors is likely to look for or identify during an inspection. Performing your own workplace audit and controlling hazards like these before an OSHA inspection occurs will help to keep you from a compliance citation or penalty.

What Happens During an OSHA Inspection

Obviously, you’re going to want to know what happens during an actual OSHA inspection. In this section of the guide, we walk you through the entire workplace inspection process, from the moment when the OSHA inspector arrives and presents his or her credentials, through the opening conference, the walk around, and the closing conference.

By the way, you should know about the OSHA Field Operations Manual (FOM). It’s what OSHA has created to give guidance to the OSHA inspectors who inspect workplaces. Why not read the same rule book your OSHA compliance officer will be reading?

OSHA Citations

Just as it’s helpful to know the types of hazards OSHA inspectors might look for, it’s obviously helpful to know the kind of citations OSHA inspectors really have given in past years. To that point, we’ve provided real OSHA citation information for you, drawn from recent OSHA Top Ten Citations data.

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Hope the guide helps! Let us know if you have any other questions.

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Jeffrey Dalto

Jeffrey Dalto

Jeffrey Dalto is an Instructional Designer and the Senior Learning & Development Specialist at Convergence Training. He's worked in training/learning & development for 25 years, in safety and safety training for more than 10, is an OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer for General Industry OSHA 10 and 30, has completed a General Industry Safety and Health Specialist Certificate from the University of Washington/Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center and an Instructional Design certification from the Association of Talent Development (ATD), and is a member of the committee creating the upcoming ANSI/ASSP Z490.2 national standard on online environmental, health, and safety training. Jeff frequently writes for magazines related to safety, safety training, and training and frequently speaks at conferences on the same issues, including the Washington Governor's Safety and Health Conference, the Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety and Health Conference, the Wisconsin Safety Conference, the MSHA Training Resources Applied to Mining (TRAM) Conference, and others.

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