With a 17% increase in budget and a 19% increase in OSHA inspectors, also known as compliance safety and health officers, it is safe to expect a significant increase in OSHA inspections in 2023 and beyond.
What has changed?
In 2022 OSHA conducted a total of 67,773 inspections, in which 36% were planned. From January 1st to February 9th of this year, OSHA has already conducted over 7,000 inspections and the momentum is not slowing down. With additional employees and a bigger budget, OSHA's goal is to stop employers from repeatedly exposing workers to life-threatening hazards or failing to comply with workplace safety and health requirements. OSHA inspections can be initiated in several ways. They may be scheduled as part of a routine inspection program, in response to a complaint filed by an employee, or as a result of a serious accident, injury or fatality in the workplace. Everyone has a right to a safe work environment. Assuring compliance with OSHA standards can prevent workplace illness, injury, and even death.
Are you prepared?
Being prepared is essential to the well-being of your employees and your business. At all times, you and your team should be prepared for an OSHA inspection. To ensure that every employee knows what to do, consider implementing a written procedure for OSHA inspections. All staff, especially support staff, need to know what to say to an OSHA compliance officer should they drop by as they usually don't give advance notice. Education and preparation are critical for the everyday safety requirements of OSHA and for the requirements of your facility. Written safety policies and procedures take out the guesswork, leaving behind legacy errors that can invade any workplace. Policies and procedures are designed to protect you, your team, and your business.
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Is the increase related to COVID-19?
There has been an increase in inspections in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, that is not the only reason for the uptick. The number of OSHA inspections conducted each year can vary depending on a variety of factors, such as changes in the economy, shifts in government priorities, and changes in the political landscape. Employers need to be aware of their responsibilities under OSHA regulations and take steps to ensure that their workplaces are safe and healthy for their employees. This includes providing appropriate training and personal protective equipment (PPE), maintaining equipment and machinery, and addressing any hazards or unsafe conditions that are identified. COVID-19 is a recognized hazard and so employers must do all they can to protect their employees from this virus.
Are you prioritizing workplace safety?
While no one can predict the future, it is important for employers to be aware of the role of OSHA and the potential for increased inspections and enforcement activities in the coming years. By prioritizing workplace safety and taking steps to comply with regulations, employers can help to ensure the well-being of their employees and avoid potential penalties and legal issues.
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