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IF OSHA KNOCKS,
RESPOND?
Tips for Preparing for and Responding to an OSHA Inspection
By Jane Warren and Tiffany Hubbard, McCarter & English, LLP
When an OSHA compliance officer
arrives at a construction site or other
workplace, an employer may be caught
off guard. To prevent surprise, and minimize the inspection's adverse impact, an
employer should understand the inspection process and take steps to prepare
for it. While no employer wants to receive
an OSHA citation, the stakes in the construction industry in Connecticut can be
higher because citations can disqualify
a company from bidding on state contracts. This article provides an overview
of the inspection process, and tips on what
an employer can do now to prepare for
future inspections.
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Overview of the
Inspection Process
Presentation of Credentials. An OSHA
compliance officer is required to show his
or her credentials when he or she arrives at
a worksite. The employer's representative
(ideally designated prior to the inspection)
should be notified that the compliance officer
is present, so that he or she can participate in
the inspection. An employer cannot request
additional proof from the compliance officer,
but it may call OSHA's local area office to
confirm the compliance officer's identity.
Opening Conference. After showing his
or her credentials, the compliance officer
will conduct an opening conference. This

conference is used to explain the inspection
procedures, which includes the employer's
right to have a representative accompany the
compliance officer during the inspection, and
that a representative of the employees has the
same right. If the inspection was triggered by
an employee complaint, the substance of the
complaint (but not the identity of the employee)
will be disclosed. The compliance officer will
likely review the employer's OSHA 300 Log
to determine record keeping compliance and
identify potential areas of focus for the inspection. The compliance officer may also want
to review written safety programs to assess
safety standard compliance, and ascertain a
general sense of the overall program.



CONNstruction - Winter 2018

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CONNstruction - Winter 2018

Fleet Tracking with Telematics
Don’t Let Vibration Damages Shake You
Trenching and Excavation Safety
Preventing Runovers and Backovers in Work Zones and Construction Sites
If OSHA Knocks, How Do You Respond?
Diggers Mixers Fixers Golf Outing
2018 AGC/CT Industry Recognition Dinner
Connecticut Road Builder Association Dinner
YCF Yard Goat Baseball/BBQ & Fall Membership Meeting
OSHA-CCIA-ConnOSHA Annual Safety Alliance Conference & Press Conference
A Blue Light for Safety
“If You See Something, Say Something” Applies to More Than Homeland Security
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - Intro
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - cover1
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - cover2
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - 3
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - 4
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - 5
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - A Blue Light for Safety
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - “If You See Something, Say Something” Applies to More Than Homeland Security
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - Fleet Tracking with Telematics
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - 9
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - 10
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - 11
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - Don’t Let Vibration Damages Shake You
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - 13
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - Trenching and Excavation Safety
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - 15
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - 16
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - 17
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - Preventing Runovers and Backovers in Work Zones and Construction Sites
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - 19
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - 20
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - 21
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - If OSHA Knocks, How Do You Respond?
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - 23
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - 24
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - 25
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - Diggers Mixers Fixers Golf Outing
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - 2018 AGC/CT Industry Recognition Dinner
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - Connecticut Road Builder Association Dinner
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - OSHA-CCIA-ConnOSHA Annual Safety Alliance Conference & Press Conference
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CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - cover3
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - cover4
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - outsert1
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - outsert2
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - outsert3
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