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What To Do When OSHA Comes Knockin’
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Authofls Note: Tltffflllnullttg lit/omiatiori ctitttmris suggestians you my itiaitt to 145C 1!! ioortmtg with prrsomielfrtirri lhrfcdeial Depnrfntml
cfLtxDt:r'5 Oauptzliawnl St1_/Ely mid Health Admittistratititt ll :5 not presented as legal advice As appropriate, (‘OHSMH itimt yum legal caiittsrt.
Under tltc occiipatitiaal safety and Health Act o/1970, OSHA may cottditct workplarc lrI5p('£HDVI5 to detenriittr i/mi employer is Camplylrlg
wllh OSHA shxndmris.

ou slmuld have 2 plant

, hazard and to remove employees irom name complaints may also come irom
lhapeeilons we generally the zxposurrs. If the employer iails to police or fire departments, local or
eehdueleel Wllheut mueh cooperate, the employer could be held state otticials, doctors who have treated

Pm! whee There e!e~‘<?me criminally ncgligcntiiemployees are employees, and others. complaints
exeeptloner but eelvehee “Ghee Wlll iniured or killed at the site. may he filed via the lnternet, FAX, rnail,
generally be less than 24 hours 0, tzlzphane‘

2. Fatnllty or severe lniury resulting in

lf an employer refuses *0 eelmlleh aialallty, anoveznlghthospllalizztlon, 4. Pmgram inspections are aimecl at
OSHA evmplmlce Ofheerr 0' l‘ he an amputation or loss of an eye are industries or occupations that have
emlflvyer allemlm '0 mlellele with OSH.A’s second pnoi-ity. compliance higher-than-normal accident rates.
the msveehonr legal helm" may he oiiicers will frequently show up at construction and utility work are
Im|meel- For example the wmvllehee the scene it they hear about it over the classiiied as high-rate industi-ies.
Dffiee! la obligated *0 Dblelh e eeereh lntei-net, radio, or television. Accidents .

Wermnlrlfrequeileel resultinginatatality mustbe reported 5' 5l’“°‘“'°‘“l’}‘“°'° l"°5'“""""'l5“
Remus PM and Types M OSHA (0 OSHA Mum‘ “gm Mm specii-tc types of work, occupations, or

. hazards They are glvsnalugh prioriry,
lneveelm-5 3. Employee complaints about and compliance oihcers attempt
Them are ,1, Pnmm, mmm ,0, OSHA alleged saiety violations or unsate or to make as many special emphasis
,n_,.PemDm unhealthy working conditions may inspections as possible There is, in

result in an inspection. OSHA will not iact, a National special Emphasis
1- lmmlnehldehgersihwhom arelov release the nameoithe complainant it rrogramiortrenches and excavations.
PYl°“lY- There are ~'It-mlinm where the complainant requests anonymity compliance personnel are required
‘here Is a gavel chance the hazard Could OSHA will also keep the complainant(s) to inspect any and all trenches and
re~'ull m a death or ~er-<=u~' mlury lvefote intormerl of any action that OSHA takes excavations they observe
‘he hazard emlld be eliminated through as result oi the complaint. At the time ui
normalenfmemenlvroeeelures The inspection. 0sHAis required toprovide 5' F°"°“"“P‘“‘P““°“”’“ ‘““d°‘°
Cvmvllenee Offieerwlll Pmlmbly n~l< the company with copies otemplovee “‘".‘l’ ”‘“‘ ‘'‘°.'““‘’“‘' ‘1‘“‘ Wm “led
the employer to voluntarily abate the mm,,ia,,,.,, wmwu. an Empioyeg. ehmhtz e Prevlom Ir-~'peeIwn have been
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