Safe Solutions

Increased inspections

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) budget for fiscal year 2010 reflects an increase of nearly 10 percent from 2009. OSHA officials expect a significant portion of the budget increase to pay for hiring about 130 new safety and health compliance officers whose responsibilities will include conducting job-site inspections and issuing citations to employers.

In light of OSHA's heightened emphasis on enforcement, you can expect more frequent visits from OSHA compliance officers. Reviewing OSHA inspection policies and procedures may be useful in establishing your company's protocols for responding to an OSHA visit.

The process

OSHA compliance officers follow inspection procedures set out in OSHA's Field Operations Manual (CPL 02-00-148), which became effective Nov. 9, 2009; the directive can be found on OSHA's Web site,