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One hundred percent OSHA compliance is not possible. For this reason, employees are always exposed to hazards, often without the employer’s knowledge. This puts employees at risk of injury and employers at risk of OSHA penalties. A thorough mock OSHA inspection conducted by an expert who is knowledgeable in workplace safety regulations can identify many of these hazards so they can be corrected. Safety professionals with The EI Group, Inc. (EI) regularly conduct simulated OSHA inspections for clients in the public and private sectors.
The experts at EI are frequently called upon to conduct OSHA standard-specific audits such as walking & working surfaces, machine guarding, fall protection and confined spaces, to name a few. Or, we may conduct a full wall-to-wall inspection of your facility to identify areas of non-compliance and hazards which put workers at risk.
The typical full mock OSHA inspection begins with an optional, brief opening conference with senior management to discuss the scope and plan the audit. The inspection then begins with a review of all OSHA-required written programs, followed by an evaluation of the facility injury and illness records (OSHA 300 log). A detailed wall-to-wall inspection is then conducted, during which interviews will be conducted with employees and supervisors. The audit concludes with a closing conference with management and employee representatives to summarize findings. Most employers opt for even more detail which may include a review of inspection records, employee training and investigation records, effectiveness of safety committees as well as a review of all OSHA-required, written health and safety programs, such as lockout, hearing conservation, confined spaces, etc.
Unless otherwise requested, each mock OSHA inspection includes a detailed report of all findings. Reports will identify each specific finding, including positive issues, and include the OSHA, consensus standard, or other appropriate source for easy reference. Digital pictures can be taken at the time of the walkthrough and inserted into the final report, unless the client chooses otherwise. Any pictures taken are provided to the client for future training or other use.
Whether you are anticipating an OSHA visit, have recently had an OSHA visit, or you simply want to do the right thing and protect your employees, an EI safety expert can help.
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On April 10, 2020, OSHA issued a memorandum which relaxed the rules for recording cases of COVID-19 on the OSHA 300. EI first reported on this topic back on April 15, 2020. More recently, OSHA issued another memorandum intended to provide guidance for compliance officers, rescinding those earlier restrictions and returning to standard recordkeeping practices for all employers as of May 26, 2020.