Why "OSHA Inspections, Citations, and Penalties" Matters
When an OSHA inspector—also called a compliance safety and health officer or inspector—walks through your front door, you may experience any number of feelings such as fear, nervousness, or annoyance. Your level of feelings will probably depend on the quality of your safety program. If your safety program requires a lot of improvement, your fear and anxiety will probably be heightened. However, if you’re proud of your safety program, you may see the inspection as an opportunity to show off all of your hard work and commitment to safety.
- An OSHA inspection will go more smoothly and produce a better result if you are prepared with an inspection action plan.
- During the inspection, document what the inspector sees and records.
- Respond to citations immediately and take necessary steps to abate violations promptly.
- Exercise your right to appeal a citation if you believe you are not in violation.