OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration logoThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the government agency that monitors and enforces compliance with workplace safety laws.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) have the authority to inspect the facilities of any employer subject to OSHA’s regulations. Employers have a right to request a warrant for inspection. Although it may buy time, it will likely broaden the inspection and give the CSHO a negative impression.


Common Reasons for an OSHA Inspection

  • Imminent danger situations
  • Fatalities or severe injuries reported to OSHA
  • Worker complaints
  • Referral inspections (other agencies, third parties, or media)
  • Programmed (targeted or follow-up) inspections


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