OSHA Inspection Support
Be Prepared and Confident at Your Next Workplace Safety Inspection
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is an important regulatory agency that has your employees’ best interests in mind. It can be intimidating when you hear from the Compliance Officer of OSHA. Fortunately, we can help. As your advocate during workplace inspections, trust our OSHA regulations experts to provide assistance and impart the confidence you may need. We’ll answer your questions, create a preparation plan, and guide you through the initial or follow-up OSHA inspection.
OSHA Inspection Checklist
An OSHA inspection covers many critical areas of safety, so constant monitoring and process improvements are essential for any business. While there is no substitute for a thorough safety audit when preparing for your next inspection, you can reduce your chances of a violation by remaining vigilant at work, always being mindful of the factors OSHA takes into account during an inspection and making changes as you notice risks around the workplace.
Important Safety Categories
The items that an inspector will address during their visit largely depend on your industry, but there are some basic areas of safety that every employee should take into account on a daily basis. OSHA’s Small Business Handbook outlines every area a business owner or safety manager should be tracking during a self-inspection. While not an all-inclusive list, this OSHA safety checklist covers some of the most important safety categories:
- Building and grounds conditions
- Evacuation plan
- Fire prevention
- First aid program/supplies
- Hand and power tools
- Heating and ventilation
- Housekeeping program
- Processing, receiving, shipping and storage
In addition to these topics, OSHA also encourages business owners to implement recordkeeping. Keeping track of incidents and accidents as they occur provides evidence to OSHA that you have taken steps to prioritize safety — an ideal starting point for any surprise inspection.
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As the Founder of Interscapes, I have come to appreciate just how important a strong safety culture is for our team. One safety incident can change things for a small company like ours. It’s because of this we’ve worked hard to be in compliance and go that extra mile to protect our employees and our company. Finding a partner like OECS has been a huge-value add for us. The quality of training, audits, OSHA support – and just being there when we have questions – has made all the difference. The partnership with OECS has helped strengthen our safety culture and keep us incident-free. The value we get for the money is second to none.
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OSHA inspections can be nerve-racking experiences for even the best prepared companies. OECS consultants provide valuable assistance during an OSHA compliance inspection. Our safety consultants will be present during the initial walk through and serve as your “onsite advocate” to answer the OSHA inspector’s questions and walk you through the inspection process. We are there from start to finish – from the time OSHA shows up on site to the closing conference.
Do you wonder if you are in compliance or how far you are from compliance? Do you want to know how you would “weather” an OSHA audit? Many companies use our safety audit system to see where they are from a compliance standpoint. We simplify safety compliance by providing a confidential, objective review of your entire company operations ranging from identifying physical hazards to reviewing written programs. Then, we follow up with OSHA training as needed.
Has your company received a notice of violation by OSHA? You need somewhere to turn that is reliable, responsible, and can meet the abatement deadline. We can help you resolve your citations or violations. According to OSHA’s website, one citation penalty can cost as much as $7,000 and repeated or willful violations can cost a company up to $126,000!
Have you violated an OSHA standard? Wondering if citations are legitimate? Considering fighting citations in a grey area? Ask our professional safety staff to evaluate your citations and participate in the informal conference to abate the citation, reduce the seriousness, and/or reduce the amount of the dollar penalty. It’s worth more than just your time to contact OECS prior to the return of the OSHA inspector.
Top 10 most frequent OSHA cited workplace standards:
- Fall protection (C)
- Hazard communication
- Scaffolding (C)
- Respiratory protection
- Powered industrial trucks
- Ladders (C)
- Electrical: wiring
- Machine guarding
- Electrical: systems design
C = Construction standard *
Be more confident in your workplace before the OSHA inspector shows up. As an employer, it’s important that you provide a safe workplace for your employees and for them to know that you have their safety in mind – because without them, you wouldn’t be where you are today. It’s safe to say you are an expert in your growing industry, but it’s impossible to be an expert in every industry. Let the workplace safety professionals at OECS focus on the safety of your team and facility so you don’t experience devastating setbacks due to unknown hazards that we can resolve.
Contact OECS for timely and professional solutions to workplace safety questions, issues, hazards, or concerns. Our safety consultants are available 24/7 to ensure your safety needs are met.