How to Prepare for an OSHA Inspection
Dealing with OSHA Inspectors
They have always been fair to me. The one time I did get gigged it was over paperwork.
Have your posters and accident records up in the lunch room or by the time clock.
Make sure all chemical containers are labeled. We wrap a label on squeeze bottles then cover it with clear packing tape.
Make sure you have all your MSDS sheets. Make sure your employees know about them. Post area specific warning signs in all danger areas. A great site for that is the SIRI MSDS Index.
We use Wisha in Washington State. I have two binders full of regulations in official safety green. Sitting next to my desk is a file cabinet and the top drawer is outlined in official safety green tape.
When the inspector comes in the first thing I do is show him the paperwork. I mention that I even have MSDS sheets for hand soap. I want the guy to know I have made a real effort to comply.
Make sure all your tools are in good repair. Especially check electrical hand tools.
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