As aggressive enforcement continues employers are advised to periodically assess their readiness for an OSHA inspection. Such an assessment should include ensuring that the required annual or periodic actions called for in a number of the agency’s standards have been addressed. Examples of some of the applicable standards having such a requirement include the following:
- All recordable injury and illness cases must be entered on the establishment’s injury and illness log within seven days of receiving information of such a case.
- The calendar year summary of injuries and illnesses needs to remain posted from February 1 through April 1 of each year.
When a facility has employees with occupational exposure to blood or potentially infectious material, the required “exposure control plan” must be reviewed and updated at least annually.
Employers must inform employees upon initial hire and at least annually about the existence and right of access to their medical and exposure records.
Employees exposed to an eight hour time-weighted average noise level at or above 85 decibels must have a new audiogram at least annually.
OSHA’s permit-required confined space standard calls for the program to be reviewed by using cancelled permits within one year of each entry. The standard also allows a single annual review utilizing all entries within the 12 month period.
Under OSHA’s standard for hazardous energy (lock-out tag-out) an employer is required to conduct a periodic inspection of the energy control procedure to ensure that the requirements of the standard are being met. This must be done at least annually with certification that it has been accomplished.
After the initial testing of an employee’s tight-fitting respirator there must be another fit test at least annually.
Annual maintenance checks must be made of portable fire extinguishers with records documenting this action.
OSHA’s standards require inspections of cranes and their components. Crane hooks and hoist chains must be inspected daily with monthly inspections that include certification records.
Complete inspections of cranes must be made at periodic intervals within a time frame of 1 to 12 months.