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
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
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
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