How to Prepare for an OSHA Inspection
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Do you know what to do when a representative of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration comes to your business? Do your employees know? At Hendershot Cowart, P.C., our goal is to make sure employers protect their businesses by taking appropriate steps during and after OSHA inspections.
We are a Houston-based law firm that advises Texas businesses on how to prepare for and act during an OSHA inspection. Our firm provides representation for every step of the inspection process, from preventative compliance to defense against citations. In short, we are equipped to help businesses with any OSHA-related legal issue.
What to Do When an OSHA Officer Comes to Your Business
Our lawyers know that OSHA officers usually ask to see the facility manager or the site superintendent, depending on the type of work site. As the OSHA inspector's first contact, there are certain steps he or she should take to ensure your rights are protected through the inspection process.
When an OSHA inspector arrives, the manager or superintendent should:
- Ask for the OSHA officer's credentials and the reason for their visit.
- Determine if the officer has a subpoena or warrant for the visit. Usually, officers do not have these, and they may instead request consent to conduct an inspection.
- Contact an attorney immediately.
- Hendershot Cowart, P.C. can advise clients how to handle the inspection.
- Often the attorney can walk through the site with the OSHA inspector.
- Ask to accompany the officer during the inspection.
- Keep a list of who the inspector speaks with.
Here's an important tip:
Consider whether work at the site can stop while an inspection is conducted. By shutting down operations, businesses can reduce the risk that officers will uncover additional OSHA violations.
Steps to Take During an OSHA Inspection
During an OSHA inspection, all employees should remember the following:
- Be professional and polite to the OSHA inspector at all times.
- Do not volunteer information.
- If officers ask questions, provide direct, truthful answers.
Managers or superintendents should:
- Take the names of each employee who is interviewed and request to be present during the interview.
- Document the OSHA officer's activities. Take photos of the same things that the officer does.
- Take the same measurements and tests that the inspector does.
- That way, your OSHA lawyer will have the information the OSHA inspector gathered.
- Keep in mind that attorneys can be present during interviews of management.
These are only some of the steps that businesses should take to ensure that their sites are safe for workers and that employers are adequately protected during OSHA inspections. For the best protection, call us immediately when an accident happens or an injury occurs.
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Few law firms have provided OSHA law guidance for as long as we have, and few offer our comprehensive legal services. The attorneys at Hendershot Cowart, P.C. help businesses develop written OSHA compliance policies, safety training procedures, and policies for managing OSHA inspections. We provide guidance during and after OSHA inspections, and we represent businesses in all dealings with OSHA-including administrative hearings and appeals.
To learn more about how our law firm can help you, call (713) 489-2028 or reach out to us online. We serve businesses throughout Texas and nationwide in all OSHA-related matters.