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Navigating OSHA Inspections with Preparedness and Insight

Adams and Reese Navigating OSHA Inspections
October 2, 2023 at 9:00 a.m.

By Adam Cabrera. 

When it comes to OSHA, knowing your responsibilities is the blueprint for a safe and compliant worksite. 

Navigating an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspection can be a daunting experience for roofing and construction companies. However, being prepared and understanding the inspection process can make all the difference. In a recent Read Listen Watch webinar, Heidi J. Ellsworth hosted Kyle Rea, an attorney specializing in construction law and OSHA defense at Adams and Reese, to offer insights into OSHA's inspection and citation processes. 

During the webinar, Kyle discussed three keys to surviving an OSHA inspection: "We want to be calm, we want to be polite and we want to document everything," he advised. Maintaining composure during inspections helps both employers and employees understand the situation and communicate effectively. 

Kyle also highlighted the importance of proper documentation, a crucial component for demonstrating that safety policies are enforced. This includes having a safety manual available in multiple languages, especially for crews that are multilingual. He recommended ongoing training programs, such as OSHA 10 and 30 courses, and regular safety audits to keep employees well-versed in safety procedures. 

When it comes to the initiation of OSHA inspections, they often start in one of three ways: complaints from concerned individuals, visual inspections by compliance officers or in response to serious injuries or fatalities on job sites. Kyle noted that employers should report any serious incidents to OSHA within the specified timeframes to avoid citations. 

Preparation, however, shouldn't stop at training and documentation. Kyle emphasized the need for protocols when greeting OSHA compliance officers, advising that only designated individuals should interact with them. He added, "I always say this in every single presentation I give, make sure you have a backup plan." In the event the designated safety director is unavailable, a backup plan ensures that the inspection process goes as smoothly as possible. 

Understanding and preparing for OSHA inspections are essential steps in maintaining a safe and compliant workplace. Being educated and prepared can make the OSHA inspection process far less intimidating and help protect both employers and workers in the long run. 

Read the transcript, watch the webinar, or listen to the podcast to hear more of Kyles advice for navigating OSHA inspections and citations. 

Learn more about Adams & Reese LLP in their Coffee Shop Directory or visit www.adamsandreese.com.

The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.

About Adam

Adam Cabrera is a writer and podcast producer for the Coffee Shops and AskARoofer™. When he isn't writing about roofs he enjoys camping in the Rocky Mountains, going to concerts and playing music.



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