OSHA – a simple audit

August 21st, 2019

Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. at Fisher Phillips


The following list of questions will provide a snapshot for you to use in determining whether or not you are complying with the safety and health laws and regulations that apply in the workplace.  You should know the answer to every one of these questions. Although a “No” answer does not necessarily mean you are in violation of any laws or regulations, you should understand why the answer is “No.” The chapter reference is for the book Workplace Safety and Health Compliance Manual, which can be ordered here, and provided for quick reference.

YES  NO    Chapter Reference

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¨ Do you know your recordkeeping responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act)? Chapter 5, Recordkeeping Requirements

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¨ Are you required to have a written emergency plan?

Chapter 7, Significant Standards

Appendix F, State Plan Notice of Contest Timeline

Appendix G, Emergency Action Plan Checklist

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¨ Do you know which workplace accidents and injuries are considered “recordable” as well as reportable to OSHA?

Chapter 6, Safety Incentive Programs

Appendix G, Emergency Action Plan Checklist

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Do you post OSHA Form 300A in accordance with safety and health regulations?

Chapter 6, Safety Incentive Program

Appendix B, Forms for Recording Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses
 

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¨ Do you have a written hazard communication program? Appendix G, Emergency Action Plan Checklist

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¨ Do you know what to do if an OSHA Compliance Safety and Health Officer (CSHO) arrives at your facility to conduct an inspection? Do you know your legal rights? Chapter 8, Inspections

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¨ Do you know the correct timeframe for filing a notice of contest?

Chapter 10, Settling Citations

Appendix F, State Plan Notice of Contest Timeline

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¨ Do you know how the OSH Act classifies citations and violations? Chapter 9, Citations and Penalties

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¨ Do you protect whistleblowing employees from discrimination or retaliation? Chapter 14, Whistleblower Protection

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¨ Are your employee injury and illness reporting policy and safety incentives and drug testing programs, in compliance with the 2016 revisions to OSHA recordkeeping standard? Appendix K,  OSHA Injury and Illness Recordability Worksheet