9 Things You Absolutely Must Do if You Have an OSHA Inspection
By Howard Mavity
Readers already know to take photos whenever an OSHA Compliance Officer takes shots, and a few other standard labor lawyer recommendations, but I’d like to take a moment to talk about “why” we urge employers to take certain steps before and during an Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection.
1. Plan in advance
Every company site should have a number of managers who know the basic steps to take whenever any government investigator shows up. The most important step is for site managers to know who to call to obtain guidance. No executive or in-house counsel will be pleased to learn of an investigation upon receipt of a citation.
The company needs a system in place so that with one call, the site manager activates corporate support, including legal and risk management guidance, assistance to employees and families, and press and media management.
2. Make sure management takes an inspection seriously
Many employers are unprepared for the aggressive approach now dictated by Washington. OSHA is a great organization, but even seeming minor citations can harm the business. In some industries, even a single serious citation can harm bidding opportunities.
Most of the six figure citations have involved repeat violations of routine items such as a missing electric cabinet switch labels, a damaged extension cord, partially blocked electric cabinet, or one employee who missed his annual training. Each violation can serve as the basis for a repeat violation of up to $70,000 per item at ANY company location in any Fed-OSHA state for five years.
No inspection is minor. And by the way, OSHA’s new IT system will allow them to better track your corporation’s performance, even when the company operates under many names. (CONTINUED AT TLNT)