OSHA‚ Region VI, which encompasses Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and New Mexico, conducted approximately 714 inspections last month. Most of these inspections occurred in Texas.
The chart below depicts the continuing trend of Planned/Program Related majority inspections in OSHA‚ Region VI in June 2015.
Please note that not all OSHA inspections are reported on OSHA‚ inspection database website.
If your worksite is inspected, OSHA will generally issue citations from any given inspection within six (6) months from the beginning of the inspection. In federal OSHA plan states, you only have 15 working days to contest the citation, including the proposed penalties and abatement periods set forth therein, from once it is received. If you participate in an informal settlement conference, this participation may not toll the time in which you must issue a notice of contest. If a timely notice of contest is not provided, you may lose your right to contest the proposed citations, including the attendant penalties and abatement periods. Once your notice of contest is received, OSHA or its state-plan equivalent will initiate the prosecution of the proposed OSHA citations by filing a complaint against your company. We invite you to contact Tom Ullrich or Derek Brostek with any questions you may have regarding the OSHA citation defense process.by