OSHA Informal Conference
3-E Safety Services, LLC will be happy to represent you in an OSHA informal conference. We are great at getting the fines reduced, reclassification of the citation or possibly getting them dismissed. The more you do with training and discipline will help in these efforts. As always preventing the citation is the best outcome but anyone with employees know they do not always follow the rules of your company.
Below is the basic process from the way an inspection occurs:
An OSHA compliance safety and health officer (CSHO) conducts an inspection of your workplace, in accordance with the OSH Act. After the inspection, the CSHO reports the findings to the OSHA area director who evaluates them. If a violation exists, OSHA will issue you a Citation and Notification of Penalty detailing the exact nature of the violation(s) and any associated penalties. A citation informs you of the alleged violation, sets a proposed time period within which to correct the violation, and proposes the appropriate dollar penalties. For each apparent violation found during the inspection, the compliance officer has discussed or will discuss the following with you:
- Nature of the violation;
- Possible abatement measures you may take to correct the violative condition;
- Possible abatement dates you may be required to meet; and
- Any penalties that the area director may issue.
The CSHO is a professional who can help you recognize and evaluate hazards as well as suggest appropriate methods of correcting violations. To minimize worker exposure to possible hazardous conditions, abatement efforts should always begin as soon as possible.