Don't sit around watching the door in fear of an inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Knowing your rights and how to handle the inspector can help you avoid big fines and bad publicity.
Following is information and advice from OSHA and a group of employment law experts who presented a mock inspection at the Society for Human Resourceconference earlier this year.
What triggers an inspection? The top reasons are employee complaints, major accidents, "imminent danger" or just being part of a routine, planned inspection of hazardous industries.
When the inspector arrives at your door, he should present his credentials, which you can verify by calling the local OSHA office.
You have the legal right to require him to obtain an inspection warrant before coming on site. However, this usually isn't a good idea. By making the inspector jump through the extra hoops, you co...(register to read more)
- Anti-bias and sex-harassment training: a 5-point checklist
- Suspect employees of theft? Questions are OK, but detaining risks 'False imprisonment' claim
- Prevent 'Survivor syndrome': Avoid turnover after layoffs
- Don't let fear prevent firing of whistle-blower: Your complete records will back you up
- How to repair a troubled HR department