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How to Handle OSHA Inspections Post-Pandemic

Duration : 60 Minutes

This course, has been approved for 1 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®).


Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.,

Edwin G. Foulke, Jr is a partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, a leading national labor and employment law firm. He is the former co-chair of the firm’s Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group, recognized as one of the leading national Read more


Since the start of the pandemic, OSHA has been severely restricted conducting worksite inspections. As federal and state OSHA resumes full operation, they will be focused on conducting a significant number of inspections. As a result, OSHA will be more aggressive about inspections and enforcement.  The number of Federal OSHA inspections resulting in penalties in excess of $100,000 most likely will dramatically increase.

This comprehensive presentation will offer attendees an in-depth, practical examination of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (the “Act”) and how it and the Secretary of Labor’s right to enforce the Act may potentially affect the inspected facility and the company’s business objectives.

This webinar will take attendees through the inspection process, including pre-inspection, opening conference, walk-around inspection, document production, employee interviews, closing conference, informal conference, appeals and hearings before the OSH Review Commission. 

Attendees will be provided a step-by-step discussion of the legal and practical process implicated when OSHA arrives for an inspection, how to define the scope of the inspection, and how to effectively assert your legal rights when OSHA is being unreasonable.  Program will also provide helpful tips on handling OSHA informal complaints, so they do not result in an onsite inspection.

This webinar will provide attendees essential tips for what every manager should do while the inspection is being conducted and afterward to help achieve the best possible outcome.  Finally, the webinar will examine how to assert your legal rights and know the OSHA inspector’s legal limitations during an inspection and the relationship of OSHA inspections to other regulatory and business responsibilities.

Course Objectives:

• The new emphasis area and recent changes for post-pandemic OSHA inspections under the Biden administration;

• Strategies for handling different types of OSHA inspections in order to avoid large number of citations and penalties; recordkeeping issues

• How to formalize strategies for handling OSHA inspections company-wide;

• Having a plan in place to prepare for an OSHA inspection or properly respond to an informal complaint;

• Know your rights when OSHA arrives;

• Discern the best ways to define the scope of an OSHA inspection;

• Understanding the importance of narrowing the scope of inspections and avoiding possible whistleblower complaints;

• How to be on the lookout during an OSHA inspection for potential alleged violations OSHA may cite;

• Ensuring that your managers, supervisors and employees all are aware of their legal rights during OSHA interviews, and

• The legal options for dealing with citations received from OSHA.

Why Should You Attend:

This webinar will take attendees through the inspection process, including pre-inspection, opening conference, walk-around inspection, document production, employee interviews, closing conference, informal conference, and  appeals and hearings before the OSH Review Commission.

Attendees will be provided a step-by-step discussion of the legal and practical process implicated when OSHA arrives for an inspection, how to define the scope of the inspection, and how to effectively assert your legal rights and know the OSHA inspectors’ legal limitations during an inspection and the relationship of OSHA inspections to other regulatory and business responsibilities. 

Course Outline:

I. Reasons for Concern

a. OSHA’s Burden of Proof

b. Handling OSHA Informal Complaints

c. Pre-Inspection Action Plan

II. The Knock

a. Warrant Request

b. Opening Conference

c. The Walk-Around

III. Inspection

a. Documentation

b. Closing Conference

c. Citations, Penalties, and Hearings

What You Get:

• Training Materials

• Live Q&A Session with our Expert

• Participation Certificate

• Access to Signup Community (Optional)

• Reward Points

Who Will Benefit:

• Safety directors

• Safety Professionals

• HR Directors and Managers

• Production Managers

• Supervisors

• Workers Comp Managers

• Safety Committee Members

• Maintenance Department Managers

Please reach us at 1-888-844-8963 for any further assistance or if you wish to register

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