UPDATED: OSHA Inspections Guide


To help you ensure OSHA compliance at your facility, this updated guide outlines OSHA Compliance Requirements, Common Triggers of OSHA Inspections, Types of Hazards OSHA Inspectors Will Look For, What Happens During an OSHA Inspection and OSHA Citations.

OSHA Inspection Guide Overview:

OSHA Compliance Requirements

You should start preparing for an OSHA Inspection by understanding the OSHA compliance requirements for your industry. That beings with the OSHA General Duty Clause and then includes the relevant OSHA standards (1910/1926, etc., depending on your industry). This guide contains links to these standards as well as other resources that OSHA and others have created to help employers comply with these regulations. (Remember, OSHA WANTS to make compliance easier for employers and ensure safety for all).

Common Triggers of OSHA Inspections

OSHA has a set of inspection priorities, which they list in their own OSHA Inspection Fact Sheet. We list those triggers/inspection priorities for an OSHA workplace inspection for you in the guide.

Types of Hazards OSHA Inspectors Will Look For

OSHA inspectors are likely to look for certain types of workplace hazards during an inspection. Performing your own workplace audit of these hazards before an OSHA inspection occurs will help to prevent compliance penalties.

What Happens During an OSHA Inspection

In this guide, we’ll also walk you through the entire workplace inspection process, from the moment when the OSHA inspector arrives and presents his or her credentials, through the opening conference, the walk around, and the closing conference.

By the way, you should know about the OSHA Field Operations Manual (FOM). It’s what OSHA has created to give guidance to the OSHA inspectors who inspect workplaces. Why not read the same rule book your OSHA compliance officer will be reading?

OSHA Citations

Just as it’s helpful to know the types of hazards OSHA inspectors might look for, it’s also helpful to know the kind of citations OSHA inspectors have given in past years. So, we’ve provided real OSHA citation information for you, drawn from recent OSHA Top Ten Citations data.


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