17 Sep OSHA Inspections
The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) requires employers to
provide a safe work environment for their workers. The Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is responsible for creating
workplace safety standards and enforcing compliance with the OSH Act.
OSHA enforces compliance with the OSH Act by conducting inspections,
gathering evidence and imposing penalties on noncompliant employers.
OSHA penalties are civil penalties that may result in fines. However,
OSHA may refer certain violations to the U.S. Department of Justice for
criminal prosecution. Actual penalties imposed on an employer take into
consideration the gravity of the violation, the size of the employer’s
business, good faith efforts the employer makes to comply with the law
and the employer’s compliance history.
This Compliance Overview provides a summary of the OSHA inspection
process along with tips and reminders that employers should be aware
of during an actual inspection.