Safety Management Insights

Know What to Expect and Your Rights During an OSHA Inspection

Posted by Don Brown on May 15, 2017 8:30:00 AM

The prospect of an OSHA inspection often inspires fear, and significant fines and penalties can result if the agency finds safety violations. While inspections aren’t to be taken lightly, however, you do have rights as an employer. In fact, Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches may allow you to deny an inspection altogether — at least until OSHA demonstrates probable cause.

While demanding an inspection warrant isn’t always advised, you do have options when dealing with OSHA. From inquiring about the purpose and probable cause to limiting the scope of the investigation, you can mitigate the impact of an inspection and ensure you don’t receive unjust penalties. Here is what to expect during an OSHA inspection, and details on you and your team's rights during an OSHA inspection.

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