Safety Focus of the Week: Being Prepared for a Safety Compliance Inspection
A good way to manage your construction site is with the assumption that there could be a safety compliance inspection at any time, whether from our safety department, our clients, or OSHA.
Always being ready means the following:
- Maintain a clean and organized site, including safe access/egress to the site, excavations, traffic work zones, confined spaces, etc.
- Properly notify our workers of the potential hazards to themselves and the traveling public with the daily Job Hazard Analysis. Provide the appropriate systems for their protection and verify they have the appropriate training, understand the need, maintenance, and proper use.
- Have all safety documents completed and available (Job Hazard Analysis, SDS sheets, ECI Safety Manual, trench box certifications, material labeling, etc.)
- Tag out-of-service equipment appropriately and remove from service.
- Store and label hazardous materials (such as flammable liquids and gases) appropriately.
- Make certain that any subcontractors are follow both their own and ECI’s safety program.
If your site is visited by OSHA officers then please use the following protocol:
- Request that they stay at the edge of our site while you get our JHA form to do a safety briefing.
- Immediately call the ECI Safety Director so that he can be available to discuss any observations made by the officers.
- Provide the OSHA officers with our JHA and require the appropriate level of PPE.
- Request that they wait for our Safety Director if they don’t mind.
- Notify our client when appropriate.
- To the extent possible, always accompany the officer so that we observe the same conditions.