Top 10 of 2013: OHSA not ‘Oh, snap!’

News Jason Cannon December 23, 2013

The sixth most-read article from Truck Parts & Service looked at how to react – not overreact – to an OSHA visit.

For a distributor or repair garage, the uncertainty of a government safety inspection can be terrifying.

What are they doing here? What are they looking for? Did we do something wrong?

The questions can be endless, and in some cases, they aren’t immediately followed by answers.

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The best way to avoid a negative inspection experience is to prevent one from happening. While some OSHA inspections occur randomly, most inspections are the ­result of employees’ or unidentified source’s requests.

To prevent that, make employee safety a top priority.

“The number one way to avoid [an] inspection is prevent a complaint to begin with,” says Eric Schmitz, vice president of product and business development at KPA Online, a marketing and consulting company.

Two methods to address workplace safety are safety committees and safety advisors, says Greg Fenn of KEA Advisors, a heavy-duty consulting company.

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