Renewed Focus on OSHA Inspections

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is charged with ensuring safe and healthful working conditions for workers by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.

With so many workplaces affected by the pandemic and a new administration in Washington D.C., OSHA is now stepping up many of its enforcement activities including a renewed focus on workplace inspections. Along with guidance to employers on workplace safety during the pandemic, OSHA has launched a National Emphasis Program “focusing enforcement efforts on companies that put the largest number of workers at serious risk of contracting the coronavirus.”

This adds to OSHA’s existing national and local emphasis programs which target inspections for certain hazards, standards, and/or business sectors. With a recent increase in penalties, it is not hard to see how an OSHA inspection can cause disruption to facility operations and lead to potential liabilities. Each year OSHA publishes its TOP 10 most frequently cited standards. This gives us a good idea of what inspectors might be looking for and how we can achieve and maintain compliance.

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