Budget reductions and changes in policy have contributed to an overall decrease in OSHA inspections in recent years. But even with fewer inspections, safety concerns are always a top priority for employers. Remember that less frequent visits from OSHA inspectors do not mean lower risk of accidents or decreased responsibility for safety and accident prevention in your workplace. To protect your workers and your business, always fully adhere to OSHA standards, and ensure proper installation and use of the safety equipment and rooftop fall protection systems. Participation in a qualified voluntary compliance program may also help you be exempt from future programmed visits.
If you’ve ever been shocked when an OSHA inspector arrives unannounced to inspect your rooftop fall protection methods, you’re not alone. These random checks surprise many companies. Safety officers fear the inspector will discover issues that violate OSHA's stringent requirements. Managers wonder if the investigator will shut down their operations for job-related hazards. Chief executive officers worry their companies will pay a fine if their roofs fail inspection. It’s no fun for anyone.