How to Prevent an OSHA Audit in Bellingham

OSHA auditOsha audits can appear without announcement. If your construction business isn't up to local code, you can expect a heavy fine. How can you prevent a Department of Labor auditor from showing up and disrupting business operations? We'll explain why an OSHA audit occurs and how you can reduce the odds of an out-of-nowhere inspection.

Why OSHA Audits Occur

The Department of Labor consists of two divisions: OSHA and the Wages and Hour Division (WHD). OSHA oversees federal safety compliance guidelines. OSHA audits may be random or a response to an employee or client report of a probable safety violation. The average fine for a first-time offense is $12,000. Repeated violations can exceed that amount.

WHD, as you can probably guess, oversees worker salary to ensure employers are following salary and overtime pay requirements.

How to Avoid an Audit

Our advice is to conduct a routine self-audit. We know staying in compliance 24/7 is easier said than done. OSHA, after all, has hundreds of regulations divided into 29 categories. One way to make self-auditing easier is to use a construction management app. This automates much of the record-keeping. On-site workers can tick off a virtual safety checklist, and HR administrators can use timesheets to track employees clocking in and out. Most apps are synced on the cloud. Every crew member has access to the same information as the data is updated in real-time.

Be Prepared For an OSHA Audit at all Times

Much of safety compliance is centered around equipment operation. Active Excavator Rentals consistently maintains their excavators and breakers and hoe packs to ensure they fulfill safety compliance. Your operators, in turn, must use the machinery in accordance with standard operating procedures. This ensures you're in the clear should an OSHA audit occur from seemingly nowhere.

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Posted on August 30, 2020 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business