Tips for Handling an OSHA Inspection

Nov 30, 2011

If your shop is facing a visit from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the best thing you can do is take the proper precautions to prepare for an inspection, according to Tressi Cordaro, an attorney with Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart in Washington DC.

She offered tips on what shop owners can do before, during and after the inspection with Fox Business.

Before the inspection, business owners should assess the workplace and prepare a plan that addresses what hazards currently exist in the workplace and what personal protective requirements are in place, Cordaro advised.

During the inspection, assign someone from your shop to shadow the OSHA compliance officer at all times, Cordaro recommended.

He or she should take the same photos and measurements as the officer, and can step in to answer any questions the OSHA officer may have. After the inspection, limit what information you give to the inspector to only materials that are requested, Cordaro advised.

She also suggested not agreeing with or admitting to anything about hazardous conditions, and not arguing with the officer.

To read more about complying with OSHA requirements at your shop, click here.