Category: Enforcement and Inspection

As today’s workplace becomes more complex, regulation of that workplace increases. In this section, you’ll find the practical advice you need to understand exactly what OSHA, other federal agencies, and their state counterparts, require of you, and to comply in the ways that best satisfy both your and their needs. Look also for important court decisions, advice on how to handle enforcement actions, and news of upcoming changes in workplace health and safety law.

Free Special Report: What to Expect from an OSHA Inspection

OSHA Cracking Down on Repeat Violators

Acting OSHA administrator Jordan Barab says that OSHA is gearing up to go after employers that are not meeting their obligations under the OSH Act. A new enhanced enforcement program is in the works. We’ve all known since the new administration took office that change was coming to OSHA. Now it looks like enhanced enforcement […]

How to Prepare for an OSHA Inspection

Yesterday we looked at what to expect from an OSHA inspection. Today we move on to how to prepare for an inspection. Being well prepared will help you get the best outcome should OSHA come knocking at your door. In theory, OSHA inspections do not need a reason to happen. Any organization can be visited […]

What to Expect from an OSHA Inspection

Every year OSHA inspects thousands of workplaces across the country. Yours could be one of them. If you know what to expect before the inspector crosses your threshold, you’ll be in the best position to handle the inspection skillfully and successfully. With a few exceptions, you won’t have advance notice of an inspection. The inspector […]

Keep OSHA at Bay—Self-Inspect Today

Safety is all about awareness and knowledge. Knowledge gives you the power to prevent accidents. One of the best ways to keep informed about ever-changing work area conditions is to perform routine safety inspections. Today we look at some of the legal, management, and training issues involved with self-inspections. Legal Issues BLR’s Safety Audit Checklists […]

Safety Inspections: Achieving the Ideal

What is the ideal safety inspection? It certainly isn’t a surprise visit from an OSHA inspector. And it’s not one that follows a safety incident. It isn’t even an inspection that’s part of a workplace safety audit. The ideal inspection is a routine that you and your employees faithfully observe and manage yourselves. Five Good […]

Does the New Stormwater MSGP Affect You?

EPA’s new stormwater multisector general permit (MSGP) applies to industrial facilities in all or parts of dozens of U.S. states, territories, and possessions. Make sure you know whether your workplace is affected and what you need to do. In September, EPA issued a new MSGP requiring an estimated 4,100 industrial facilities in 29 different industrial […]

OSHA Inspections: The Aftermath

Life goes on after an OSHA inspection. Here are some tips for dealing with OSHA citations, and a look at a tool that can help you avoid them in the first place. Yesterday’s Advisor told you what you can expect when an OSHA inspector arrives at your facility. But when the walkaround and closing conference […]

OSHA’s at your Door: What Comes Next?

You answer your door, and it’s an OSHA inspector. Is it your worst nightmare? Just what, exactly, should you expect? To answer these questions, we visited our sister site,, and found some very helpful tips. An OSHA inspection is essentially a four-stage process that includes: Presentation of OSHA inspector credentials Opening meeting Inspection walkaround […]

Stiffer OSHA Penalties Proposed

Key Democrats in Congress say OSHA needs stiffer civil and criminal sanctions – and more active enforcement – to safeguard the American workforce. In yesterday’s Advisor, we told you about a congressional committee report that criticized the agency for failing to address the gross underreporting of occupational injuries and illnesses. The declining injury and illness […]

OSHA Under Fire: Reporting, Enforcement Criticized

According to a growing number of reports, OSHA has been seriously understating workplace injuries and illnesses — and relying on flawed audits rather than addressing the problem. Don’t look now, OSHA, but the shoe is on the other foot. The agency that inspects America’s workplaces is itself coming under increasing scrutiny, with lawmakers and academics […]