OSHA Frequently Asked Questions
What is OSHA?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ensures that employees work in a safe environment by setting and enforcing standards, and by providing training, outreach, education, and assistance. Organizations are OSHA compliant once they have adhered to all applicable regulations.
How can my organization become OSHA compliant?
To become OSHA compliant, organizations must first understand OSHA standards and interpretation letters, and how they impact their workforce. Full details are provided on OSHA’s website. Stericycle’s Steri-Safe OSHA Compliance Solutions can help you ensure your organization is compliant.
What are OSHA standards for healthcare?
OSHA requires healthcare employers to provide workers with a safe workplace, free from any known hazards that cause or are likely to cause injury or death. When healthcare organizations are compliant with OSHA, they can provide more consistent staff and patient safety, higher employee morale and retention, and enhanced patient satisfaction and quality care. OSHA regulations continue to evolve to meet environmental, scientific, and safety standards. To get the most comprehensive standards for healthcare facilities, please contact Stericycle for further support.
What is the OSHA inspection process?
The OSHA inspection process includes several steps which your Stericycle Expert can help you prepare for. After completing our training, you and your staff will be prepared for meeting OSHA standards and keeping your workplace safe. For those with larger facilities or looking for more personal attention, we offer onsite training with OSHA Educators to ensure your staff are well-prepared for OSHA inspection.
OSHA's website offers resources on their inspections so you can be aware of their policies, priorities and more.
When can OSHA inspect my facility and how should I prepare?
OSHA can potentially inspect any workplace. The agency has specific inspection priorities such as: Imminent danger situations, severe injuries and illnesses, worker complaints, referrals, targeted inspections and follow up inspections. These inspections could include a phone, fax or onsite investigation.
Onsite inspection could feel intimidating so understanding the process and knowing what to prepare for is important. Once the OSHA inspector is on site you could expect the following activities:
- Presentation of credentials
- Opening conference
- Closing conference
During this process, they may request additional information and records or could request to speak individually with employees. In the closing conference, OSHA will often outline any potential issues they found and will follow up with written documentation of any violations.