If You Feel That An OSHA Inspection Is Needed

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According to OSHA If you feel that an OSHA inspection is needed to get hazards corrected at your workplace, which is your best option?

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If you feel that an OSHA inspection is needed to get hazards corrected at your workplace, your best option is to submit a written, signed complaint with specific hazard information.

Often, OSHA prefers to “investigate” complaints by faxing a letter asking about the hazard to the employer, rather than by conducting an on-site inspection. The employer is required to respond back to OSHA within five working days.

However, if you give OSHA a written, signed complaint that documents a hazard or an OSHA violation and want OSHA to come to your workplace, OSHA must do an on-site inspection. Sometimes OSHA’s fax policy can be helpful when a written inquiry is better than an actual inspection. For example, if there is no OSHA standard that covers the hazard, a letter of inquiry may prompt management action.

An actual OSHA inspection — and no citation — may encourage management not to fix the problem. If OSHA decides not to inspect, they must notify you in writing and give reasons. You may question this decision with the OSHA area director and regional administrator.

The OSHA standards for Construction and General Industry are also known as
Codes 501 through 1000
If you feel that an OSHA inspection is needed to get hazards corrected at your workplace, which is your best option?
Submit a written, signed complaint with specific hazard information
The ____________ shows the yearly totals for work-related injuries and illnesses, and must be posted from February 1st to April 30th each year.
OSHA Form 300 A
What organization is OSHA’s sister agency that focuses on research and training, also conducts Health Hazard Evaluations (HHEs)?
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
OSHA standards appear in the ___________ and are then broken down into ____________.
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Parts
Which of the following is an example of a safety or health resource you could find in your workplace?
Employer/Supervisor
The OSH Act gives you only __________ days to report discrimination.
30
When the employer receives an OSHA citation, it must be:
Posted for 3 days or until the violation is fixed
One of the main responsibilities employers have under OSHA is to:
Provide training required by OSHA standards
OSHA requires that employers pay for most required personal protective equipment (PPE), including
Hard hats

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