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)
- How to Fire an Employee the Legal Way: 6 Termination Guidelines
- 10 Secrets to an Effective Performance Review
- NYC lawyer sues former firm for sexual stereotyping
- NLRB tries to get to 'yes'
- Can we demand certification of violent employee's alleged mental illness?
- 9 Ohio firms ace awards honoring gay-friendly practices