For an employer who has been cited for an OSHA violation, the cost and process of fixing the hazards that OSHA identified can be more challenging than handling the fine and other issues associated with the citation itself. OSHA requires employers to abate hazards and has identified a five-step process for correcting and showing the hazards have been corrected.
The steps include:
- Fix the hazard. OSHA requires hazards to be corrected quickly. If a hazard will take more than 90 days to correct, you may be required to have an abatement plan.
- Certify in a letter that you have corrected the hazard. The letter must include information about the inspection and citation numbers of each violation, a statement of how and on what date the hazard was abated, and other information.
- Provide documents that verify the abatement has been completed.
- Notify employees who were exposed to the hazard. The notification should contain the same information that OSHA received.
- Tag movable equipment that has been cited to warn employees of the hazard.