Federal and state authorized agencies conduct 100,000 inspections every year. Before OSHA arrives at your place of business without prior notice, establish a procedure that can prepare you for the inspection. Since safety violations can end up costing a fair amount, it is better to be safe than sorry.
The aim of the plan should be to identify and appoint an individual in your organization who will be responsible for showing OSHA personnel around. This can be anyone from the safety manager to the owner. In addition, a meeting place should be designated and employee representatives should be allowed to attend. In an organized site, the union contract will dictate the representative.
In case the representative or safety personnel are not present at the time of the inspection, have a second plan in place. For instance, train another employee to act as a stand-in, and teach them the safety procedures
that they could demonstrate to the inspector during the inspection.
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. The inspector can arrive without prior warning. Make sure you are prepared.