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OSHA Inspections
« on: March 05, 2015, 04:21:26 PM »
Who has experienced an OSHA inspection?

What did you do to prepare for the inspection?

How would you evaluate your inspection by OSHA?


Re: OSHA Inspections
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2015, 09:12:15 AM »
Hi Kim,

I have not experienced an OSHA inspection, but I thought I would share...

Your preparation should be ongoing and already in place. That is, your safety program should be established and generating the documentation OSHA is going to want to see when they do conduct an inspection. Further, all the components of a safety program should be in place, such as training, medical evals (if necessary), documentation, accident investigations, safety committees, etc...

I would be curious to hear how an OSHA inspection went from someone out there as well. Anyone have an experience with OSHA they want to share?
Christopher Geigle
General Manager


Re: OSHA Inspections
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2015, 07:21:31 PM »
If the visit is unannounced in advance, there's little preparation which one can do.  Assuming that you're going to allow the inspector access, at best you may delay them momentarily while you have people make a quick sweep of known facility house keeping, egress, etc. concerns.  Generally though, if a place is not on top of the obvious aforementioned items, they'll likely be woefully unprepared in other areas. 

With rare exception, almost every inspection I was a part of was announced in advance and planned.  With that being the case, we typically had specific issues or concerns to address and simply prepared our ourselves to highlight those issues.  I've personally never found myself in an adversarial role with an inspector over an inspection, over an interpretation yes, but not an inspection. 
My first experience with an OSHA inspector though was somewhat rather humorous albeit terribly unprofessional.  The inspection was initiated by us having two maintenance techs become light headed after exposure to carbon monoxide and sent to a hospital to be checked out.  The inspector wished to see the area that incident occurred in and the process operation which released the carbon monoxide.  We had a large 60" gas valve that by inherent design, when operated it would bleed or vent a small amount of gas to the immediate area.  Being that the valve was only operated once every few years, it was never deemed necessary to replace it with a more modern design do to the staggering costs (millions).  For our work practices we had a developed plan to have operational personal make a sweep of the area for personnel and no longer authorize access to or work in the area until the gas dissipated to an undetectable level.  We also had multiple CO monitors and alarms throughout the area.  Additionally while we would wear SCBA's while operating the valve, we never detected more than a little over 50-100ppm throughout the surrounding area.  What happened in this case, was that the maintenance techs after being cleared from the area decided to knowingly reenter the area without authorization to grab some tools and happened to be nearby when the valve was opened, leading to their exposure.  So we brought the inspector up a freight elevator to the area where the maintenance techs were exposed.  We had our CO monitoring equipment, he had his, and we called over the radio to have the valve opened by an operator.  Upon opening the valve, the stationary CO alarms go off and do there job, blaring a siren and flashing red lights.  The inspector hears all of the alarms going off, sees the strobe lights going off, and the PA automatically plays an order to evacuate the area.... and he completely panics.  He ran around us, hopped onto the freight elevator, closes the door, and takes off!  Not just takes off, but leaves us all stranded!  We were all left speechless and in almost tears, as there was no danger.   While I can't recall what we actually detected, but I remember it being well within the Z tables and an essentially trivial level for momentary exposure.


Re: OSHA Inspections
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2015, 11:36:36 AM »
That's a funny story, Daniel! Even though there was no danger, it's comforting to know he was willing to leave all of you there stranded while he made his escape!

You make a very good point about how an inspection can be unannounced and, even if you do delay the inspection momentarily, there will likely be other areas the company is falling behind when it comes to safety. I think the key is to always be prepared and make safety a daily practice and priority--not just something that is done to put on a good face for a couple of minutes.
Shanari Baird
Training & Marketing Specialist


Re: OSHA Inspections
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2015, 01:00:54 PM »
Daniel, I really appreciate your reply. It was funny but also shows the danger employees and inspectors can find themselves in.


OSHA Inspections
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2017, 08:28:38 AM »
Sweet Mother May I.  Should we have a mass cutting off Cats and wielding straight pipe the day after?
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