Surviving an OSHA Audit
Sheldon Primus is a Certified Occupational Safety Specialist with a Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in Environmental Policy. He is a trainer for the Certified Occupational Safety Specialist program of the Alliance Safety Council-Baton Rouge, LA. Sheldon is an authorized OSHA General Industry and Construction trainer for the 10 and 30 hour Outreach program.
Sheldon is the owner/CEO of Utility Compliance Inc. and its subsidiary, OSHA Compliance Help, a safety consulting, operator training, and a regulatory agency compliance assistance company based in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Mr. Primus has represented clients in informal conferences with OSHA, conducted numerous compliance trainings, and developed manufacturing sector written programs.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulates the health and safety of the American workers. OSHA uses many tools to keep workers safe and employers accountable for following regulations. An OSHA audit can cause some organizations experience stress. Additionally, the administration uses fines as a penalty of violating OSHA standards and putting worker health and safety at risk.
OSHA audits can be a source of stress and frustration if the employer does not know what to expect. When a workforce is ill prepared to identify and mitigate hazards, an OSHA inspection process can be costly. Many fines can be prevented through getting supervisors and workers to recognize hazards and take action. If hazards can’t be eliminated, then they must be controlled through engineering means, administrative work rules, or personal protective equipment.
Each inspection can be predictable and defensible for the trained workplace. This webinar will teach attendees best practices to survive the OSHA audit and citation. Attendees will learn how to immediately spot violations in the workplace and how to correct them to OSHA standards. In addition, the attendee will be made aware of the most frequent violations, compliance strategies, and the defense against citation. OSHA has a playbook that is used by each compliance and safety officer, the attendees will learn how to obtain a copy for free and tips for learning the content. The playbook is referred to as the Field Operations Manual (FOM). FOM training is the key to OSHA compliance inspections, because the compliance safety and health officer must follow the procedures outlined in the manual.
In Fiscal Year 2016, federal OSHA inspected 31,948 employers and the state plan states inspected 43,105 employers. In one example, a HVAC company was fined over $1.2 million for recordkeeping violations. Many organizations have learned to comply with OSHA regulations and have avoided fines and citations when audited by OSHA.
Imagine that OSHA showed up at your place of business today. What would you do? How would you handle the audit? Frightening perhaps to think about, but in reality there is no need to fear an OSHA visit - if you understand compliance and your organization’s responsibilities. This webinar will help attendees better understand health and safety compliance issues for their organization and they will never fear OSHA again.
Moreover, this webinar will give practical steps to an effective Injury and Illness Prevention Program (I2P2) as a tool to bring your company to compliance after a citation. Through an effective safety and health program employers can prove to OSHA that they are compliant and have the worker’s interest at heart. Management commitment and employee involvement are complementary in taking ownership of a safety program.
- Identify risks related to hazards
- Understand the General Duty Clause of the OSH Act
- Learn the compliance officers’ “playbook” for compliance activities
- Understand the top 10 most frequently cited violations
- Learn the legal defense against citation
- Review the negotiating skills needed to represent your company in an informal conference with OSHA
- Examine the components of an effective Safety and Health program
Who Should Attend
- Human Resources
- Plant Managers
- Occupational Safety Professionals
- Insurance Agents
- Risk Managers
- Front-line Supervisors
- Vice Presidents of Operation
- Compliance and Safety Officers
- Speaker: SHELDON PRIMUS
- Webinar Code: SHEL-0002