Ensuring Success for Your Next OSHA Inspection
OSHA inspections are a great way to hold companies accountable for how safe or unsafe a workplace is. These inspections are an opportunity to affirm safe workplace environments or note critical room for improvement for organizations that fail to meet all standards. These inspections benefit employers and employees, ensuring that the workplace is as safe and operational as possible. To help improve your daily safety practices to exceed standards every day, our steel building accessory experts break down the top tips for passing your next inspection.
How to Prep for OSHA Inspections in 5 Steps
1. Hold In-House Inspections
The best way to be ready for sudden OSHA inspections is to hold your company accountable by routinely having mock inspections. This will help your team know what needs to be addressed while also acting as a rehearsal in preparation for a real inspection.
2. Prioritize Training
In order to have in-house inspections and excel during actual inspections, your team must be well-informed and trained on OSHA regulations and how to address necessary room for improvement. Routinely invest in training that would benefit the overall safety of your operations and the actual OSHA inspections.
3. Update Regularly and Quickly
The goal is to make the workplace as safe and as functional as possible. OSHA-compliant companies stay up-to-date on the latest OSHA updates. The easiest way to stay informed is by visiting the What’s New page on OSHA’s website. This way, you will be the first to know about new regulations such as updates to its fall protection requirements. Keep your equipment and steel building accessories OSHA-compliant by frequently checking for updates.
4. Keep Detailed Records
Routinely keep detailed records of injury logs, equipment updates and more to reference during your OSHA inspections if need be. Keep these documents in one organized space such as a conference room, ensuring that they are all backed up digitally. Identify personnel who should be responsible for retrieving these documents in the case of an inspection; have them practice this routine as a part of mock inspections, as mentioned in the first point in this article.
The previous four tips will serve almost no purpose if leadership does not properly communicate. Whatever your best process is, make expectations, roles and priorities clear to everyone involved. Communicate how to prepare for mock inspections, when training will be, what OSHA updates are in action and what processes to abide by regarding documentation.
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