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So When OSHA Shows Up What Exactly Happens…What Does an OSHA Inspection Consist Of?

July 24, 2019 BY Neil Brunetz


An OSHA on-site inspection consists of four parts.

  1.  The OSHA inspection will present his/her credentials.  The credentials should include a photograph and a serial number.  If you are not presented credentials, you can and should request them.  Also, an OSHA inspector should not object to you calling the OSHA regional office to confirm credentials and identity.  IF anything seems out of the ordinary, call the OSHA office to verify the inspection.
  2. The inspector will conduct an opening conference.  This will explain why OSHA has chosen the site for inspection, the scope of the inspection, the procedures and areas to be inspected, any employee representation, and whether the inspector seeks to conduct employee interviews.  At the end of the opening conference, make sure a representative of the employer accompanies the inspector.
  3. The inspector will walk around the facility to inspect the areas within the scope of the inspection and speak with employees as discussed in the opening conference.  This is the employer representative’s chance to keep the walk around on topic and focused on the potential hazards discussed.  The inspector will likely look through OSAH reporting logs and posters.
  4. After the walk around, the inspector will hold a closing conference.  This conference will discuss possible citations, penalties and abatement procedures.  The inspector should also discuss possible actions the employer can take after receiving citations, such as an informal conference with PSHA and/or contesting the citations.


Mr. Brunetz has experience working as an outside general counsel for a technology company assisting the company in negotiating and finalizing NDAs, SaaS agreements and technology development agreements as well as many other aspects of the company’s business. His legal experience also includes  courtroom representation of clients in civil litigation matters, including personal injury, wrongful death, workers' compensation, construction, contract, commercial disputes, and malpractice actions. 

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