Tag: OSHA inspections

OSHA Revises Walkaround Worker Representative Regulations

On April 1, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) amended its regulations for employee representatives during agency workplace inspections (89 Fed. Reg. 22558). The April 1 amendments make two changes to workplace walkaround regulations: OSHA’s revised regulations take effect May 31. OSHA compliance safety and health officers (CSHO) still have discretion over whether to […]

Back to Basics: OSHA Inspections 101

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine OSHA inspections and what employers can expect to happen during an inspection.   This week is EHS Daily Advisor’s Compliance Week, which exists to help safety professionals stay up to date […]

OSHA Cites Safety, Health Violations at 3 Amazon Warehouses

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited workplace safety and health violations at three Amazon warehouses in Deltona, Florida; Waukegan, Illinois; and New Windsor, New York, the agency announced January 18. OSHA also issued hazard alert letters to all three warehouses after finding workers exposed to ergonomic hazards. Amazon faces new proposed penalties totaling […]

Preparing for a Worksite Inspection

As a safety professional, there will come a time where all your efforts will be tested, examined, and critiqued by an external governing body. Just hearing the phrase “OSHA inspection” can bring anxiety and fear into the mix. Before you know it, you’re scrambling to find and organize all the relevant information you need to […]

How Is Your Forklift and Powered Industrial Truck Compliance?

Are you ready for an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspection of your powered industrial truck compliance? In the warehousing and storage industry, the powered industrial truck standard is OSHA’s most frequently cited standard. The agency currently has several powered industrial truck regional emphasis programs (REPs), as well as industry-specific REPs for warehousing and […]

The Four Main Stages of an OSHA Inspection

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to comply with the regulations put into place to ensure workers’ occupational safety and health or else receive penalty fines. The main method to assess a company’s compliance is by conducting an inspection.  There are four main stages of an OSHA inspection: the credential presentation  the […]

Employers Need to be Ready for New OSHA Heat Measures

The season may have changed to fall, but the punishing summer heat can be expected to linger longer in many places around the country. Plus, indoor workplaces often pose heat risks year-round. That’s why the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced new measures aimed at reducing heat dangers in workplaces. OSHA announced […]

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More OSHA Scrutiny on Healthcare Organizations, Expanded Whistleblower Protections

In March, OSHA issued its Updated Interim Enforcement Response Plan for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The updates extend existing OSHA protections for workplace safety whistleblowers, explicitly stating those protections apply to those who report COVID-19 related violations at the workplace by creating a National Emphasis Program (NEP). Higher Risk Industries In addition, the memo also classifies […]

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4 Things to Consider Before Demanding Warrant from OSHA

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance officers typically arrive without advance notice, which is enough to raise alarm bells in the minds of many employers. You might know why they’re there. Or you might not have any idea. Whatever the situation, step one should be to ask yourself: Should I demand the inspector come […]

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OIG: Reduced OSHA Inspections During COVID-19 Put Workers at Risk

Reduced Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) workplace inspections during the COVID-19 pandemic left U.S. workers’ safety at increased risk, the Department of Labor’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) concluded in its audit of the agency.