Lately we have been discussing changes in the way Iowa OSHA will be randomly selecting jobsite according to the zip code of projects. The next question is what happens when they do show up and what are my rights?
When an OSHA inspector first shows up greet them cordially, you are setting the tone for the inspection in the first few minutes.
Ask him/her to be seated in the job trailer while you contact management and any sub contractors you have onsite, so they are not strolling around the premises while everyone is arriving.
You should also at this time ask to see the inspector’s credentials.
If management is not available at the time of inspection you may ask to reschedule the inspection.
It is debatable if this is a good ideal or not.
Some could say you’re trying to hide issues, and OSHA does have the option to obtain a warrant that will let them on your site immediately.