Every business knows how important it is for site managers to be prepared for an inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). Unfortunately, most inspections follow an incident or accident. Having an inspection right after an accident at the work site would make an inspection that much harder to face for most managers, whose normal operations are immediately impacted by investigations into the cause, meetings with attorneys, arranging for assistance to employees (and their families), and managing press and media relationships. The incident may not have happened on account of faulty workplace practices, it could be the result of a natural calamity like a hurricane or tornado, or just be an accidental occurrence. Nevertheless, companies can expect rigorous investigations by OSHA.
Every inspection is important and could have serious consequences because even a small violation like a damaged electrical cord, or an employee missing safety training, will add up and form the grounds for charges of repeat violation with the attendant penalties and heavy fines. So, in any inspection, it is important to bear the following in mind:
On the whole, OSHA needs to be convinced that you are willing and open to addressing all hazards at your workplace before accepting any argument for not having established the ideal standards of safety at your workplace.
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