PLANNING AND CONDUCTING A WORKPLACE INSPECTION*
1. WHAT COMPLAINTS AND PROBLEMS HAVE BEEN REPORTED?
2. WHAT IS THE WORK PROCESS?
3. WHAT SUBSTANCES ARE PRESENT?
4. HAVE ANY PREVIOUS ASSESSMENTS BEEN MADE?
5. WHAT IS THE CORRECT AND SAFE WAY TO DO THE JOB?
Eileen Senn Tarlau and Bruce Millies
Harry Van Arsdale Jr. School of Labor Studies
Empire State College
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
OSHA / PESH Access to Employee Exposure and Medical Records
Standard (29 CFR 1910.1020)
results of workplace and environmental sampling
workers’ medical records (privacy protected)
other information from management through collective bargaining agreement and NLRA
3. GOVERNMENT (may require Freedom of Information request)
state and local health departments
hazardous waste databases
1. What types of HAZARDS will you focus on?
2. What AREAS of the workplace will you inspect?
3. What are your GOALS for this inspection?
4. How will you gain ACCESS to conduct the inspection?
5. What RESEARCH will you do before the inspection?
6. Who will be on the inspection TEAM?
7. What TASKS will each team member perform?
8. What EQUIPMENT will you need?
9. Will MANAGEMENT participate in the inspection? Who?
10. What will be your STRATEGY for dealing with management during the
11. Will you INTERVIEW workers during the inspection?
12. Will you collect SAMPLES or take MEASUREMENTS?
13. What OBSTACLES might you encounter during the inspection?
14. How will the REPORT be produced?
15. How will you FOLLOW-UP the inspection?
16. Will you consider filing an OSHA / PESH complaint?
17. What did you learn from your MOST SUCCESSFUL inspection?
18. What did you learn from your LEAST SUCCESSFUL inspection?