An unannounced inspection from OSHA is a stressful and sometimes frightening situation. This infographic, titled “Surprise OSHA Inspection!! What to Expect” gives the viewer some advice on the procedure that occurs when OSHA visits.
Interestingly, OSHA has very few inspectors (2,200) to cover the entire United States. The businesses that tend to get these inspections fall into a couple of categories. They have been inspected previously and received violations, they were reported by an employee for having unsafe conditions, or the industry they represent has reported increases in injuries. If your business falls into one or more of these categories, being prepared for an inspection would be wise. Of course, eliminating hazards in the workplace would be the best suggestion.
OSHA violations carry fines, and in some cases, jail time. The fines can be quite steep, depending on the culpability of the persons or businesses involved. A mine executive was recently sentenced to a year in prison for his part in covering up accidents and creating an unsafe work environment that resulted in a loss of lives. He was also fined $250,000.
If you are wise, you would avoid the inspection, but if that is not possible, then use the information here to prepare your business for the best possible outcome.
Original source of infographic by Creative Safety Supply.