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    5 surefire ways to get an OSHA inspection

    OSHA violations can be detrimental to your reputation and your practice’s bottom line. Here’s how to avoid an on-site inspection.

    Does the mere mention of the name “OSHA” send a shiver down your spine? You’re not alone. OSHA violations can have a detrimental effect on your reputation in the community as well as your bottom line.

    OSHA violationsOSHA published the penalty amounts that were adjusted for inflation to be effective as of Jan. 2, 2018. They are $12,934 per violation for a serious, other-than-serious, or posting requirements violation,” says Mary A. Borg-Bartlett, president of SafeLink Consulting. “If an employer is cited and doesn’t abate, which means notify OSHA of their corrections, then OSHA can issue a penalty of $12,934 per day beyond the abatement date. For a willful or repeated violation, the penalty is $129,336 per violation.”

    OSHA complaints are typically reported by phone or online directly to OSHA and can be made by current employees, former employees, or someone outside of the practice. Once a complaint has been made, it’s OSHA’s responsibility to follow up.

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    “We are now seeing employers receiving phone calls from OSHA followed up with a copy of the complaint, which requires the employer to abate, or correct, the complaint and inform OSHA how the complaint was resolved. If the complaint didn’t result in an on-site inspection by OSHA at the onset of the complaint, then an on-site inspection could occur in the future to affirm that the employer made the correction(s) reported to OSHA,” Borg-Bartlett explains.

    Despite your best efforts, complaints may still be reported, resulting in violations and various penalties. For that reason, it’s a good idea to stay up to date on best practices and evaluate the systems and processes within your practice.

    Click through the slides to find out how to avoid an OSHA inspection.

    Kristen Mott
    Kristen Mott is the associate editor for Dental Products Report and Digital Esthetics.


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