The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently said its inspectors no longer will "routinely" ask employers for the results from a company's own voluntary safety evaluations. OSHA inspectors sometimes use these self-audits to help identify hazards during inspections.
The agency also said that a self-audit coupled with a good-faith effort to correct existing hazards will eliminate a potential "willful" violation and trim the penalty.
OSHA does leave open the possibility, however, that it could use the self-audit information in cases where employers blatantly refuse to correct hazards that are likely to cause serious injury.
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