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OSHA Inspection
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RICHARD D. ALANIZ

hether an OSHA inspection of your workplace is
triggered by a workplace injury, formal complaint
or programmed wall-to-wall inspection, being prepared beforehand will help limit exposure and defend
against citations. A very basic first step is to review
and update the written safety plan for your facility.
Such plans have been long mandated in some states
and are clearly a necessity in today's workplace no
matter the industry.
In conjunction with updating the plan, it is important
to develop a protocol for responding to a potential
OSHA inspection. Make sure that your receptionist or front office knows whom to contact when the
compliance officer comes to the door. If you do not
have a safety director, designate a specific manager
to take the lead, and make sure that he or she knows
exactly how you expect the inspection to proceed
from the company's perspective. Be sure to confirm
that your OSHA 300 logs are up to date and posted as
required. They will be reviewed as part of any inspection. Likewise, have safety committee minutes organized and readily available for review. If the inspection
is in response to a recent workplace accident, you
should also have the incident investigation notes and
related material readily available.
Warrant or Warrantless Inspection
Since at least 1978, the U.S. Supreme Court has
held that an employer may require OSHA or its state

counterpart to obtain a warrant to conduct an inspection of an employer's premises. Whether to insist
upon a warrant is a significant decision that has,
as one might expect, serious pros and cons. Among
the more significant pros is the possibility of limiting
the scope of the inspection and possible dismissal of
citations unrelated to the specifics of the warrant.
A frequently cited con is the potential that an irritated compliance officer, forced to seek a warrant,
will strive even more to find violations. While such
conduct is clearly contrary to OSHA's inspection
procedures, human nature may prevail. Unless unique
circumstances are present, most employers do not
insist upon a warrant and seek to be as cooperative
as possible. Maintaining a cordial relationship with
OSHA is always preferable. You and the compliance
officer share the same goal - a safe workplace for
all of your employees.
Controlling the Walkaround
After reviewing your OSHA 300 logs, the compliance officer normally will begin the tour of your
facility. An employee representative is generally
requested to participate. Compliance officers are
permitted to ask questions of both employees and
supervisors/managers as they inspect your facility. Your designated management representative
should carefully note all comments and questions
from the compliance officer during the course of the

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President’s Letter
Letter From the Executive Director
NOMMA Network
NOMMA Education Foundation
Preparing for an OSHA Inspection
Intellectual Ironwork
Sealing Loops in Winter/cold Weather
Happy Employees Without the Headaches
Supplier Members
New NOMMA Members & Iron Club Members
Gold Members
Take a Stroll Down Memory Lane – Top Job Awards Over the Years
Index of Advertisers
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