What do I need to pass an OSHA inspection?
The only thing that an employer needs to pass an OSHA inspection is a safe workplace for his employees.
Other than meeting all current and relevant OSHA safety standards for the work environment, there is no other way to prepare for an inspection. As every inspection is tailored to each industry and workplace, employers must do their best to comply with standards, to train employees, and to implement safety solutions for hazard abatement.
Ensuring that a workplace has proper safety equipment, like hard hats or fall prevention systems, safety signs to remind and alert staff to hazards and policies, and training programs are generally best practices for a majority of industries.
During an OSHA inspection, the inspector, employee representatives, and the employer can walk through the workplace looking for potential hazards and other potential violations. The inspector will try to minimize his impact on the current operations, but if a situation of imminent danger is spotted – one where serious harm or death could occur – the employer will be asked to immediately correct the hazard or to remove all endangered employees.
To prepare your business for an OSHA inspection, include employees in creation of safety policies, and regularly train them on the avoidance of safety hazards and proper safety procedures. Supplementing this training with accident prevention signage can help reinforce safety messages and ensure that compliance standards are met.
Certain industries will require special considerations. Construction companies, for example, could need to provide specific pieces of personal protective equipment or safety signs with specific messages to employees to comply with OSHA standards.
What happens during an OSHA inspection?
During an OSHA, inspectors will review previous records, inspect potential on-site hazards, and interview employees. OSHA’s inspections are prioritized by how potentially hazardous a workplace might be to workers. Learn more here.
SafetySign.com does not recommend or specify the use of a specific safety sign because it does not have knowledge of the hazard(s) our customers are identifying. It is the customer’s sole responsibility to identify the hazard(s) that may be present and select one or more signs (stock or custom) that accurately identify their specific hazard(s) and complies with any applicable federal, state or local laws or regulations, any worksite specific rules or regulations and/or any applicable safety standards (including, without limitation, ANSI and/or OSHA standards). SafetySign.com disclaims any and all liability (excluding liability for our Product Warranty contained in our Terms and Conditions) for any sign selected by a customer and shall not be responsible for any personal injury or property damage resulting from the use of signs purchased from it or for the independent interpretation made of any applicable federal, state or local laws or regulations, any worksite specific rules or regulations, and/or any applicable safety standards (including, without limitation, ANSI and/or OSHA standards). Customer shall indemnify and hold SafetySign.com and its corporate parent and its officers, directors and affiliates harmless from and against any and all claims, loss or expense (including attorneys’ fees) arising from or related to the purchase and use by customer or any third party of any sign purchased by customer from SafetySign.com.