The regulators are coming! OSHA Compliance Officers as well as state and local regulators have been given the OK to resume site inspections with COVID-19 regulations lessening. These regulators are permitted to enter an employer’s premises and scrutinize the employer’s compliance with federal, state, and local regulations. What are the best steps to take should a regulator stop by your project site?
The following is a series of tips to help you better prepare for a workplace inspection.
Your initial contact with the Compliance Officer (“CO”) and the first moments of the inspection can be the most important.
Taking proactive steps to ensure compliance now could yield huge dividends in the future. Regularly remind your crew of these steps to potentially lessen any fines, or even practice what a site inspection would be like with any crewmembers that haven’t experienced a surprise inspection. This is an exercise that may feel awkward but could potentially save your company thousands of dollars.