Following the visit from OSHA, the findings and recommendations of the compliance officer are reviewed at the office of the OSHA area director, who will issue the citations if appropriate.

If warranted, penalties will be imposed shortly thereafter. Immediately upon receipt of the notice, citations must be posted at the worksite.  Section 17 of the OSH Act of 1970 provides for the issuance of civil and criminal penalties for violators. A few examples are summarized below:

Employers who wish to contest a citation or penalty must do so within 15 days of notification from OSHA.  To minimize the impact of an inspection, we suggest that employers follow the guidelines demonstrated in Part 1Part 2 of this series.