Question of the Day


Which of the following is NOT one of the 6 types of OSHA violations?

A. Serious

B. Other-Than-Serious

C. Posting Requirements

D. Failure to Audit

E. Willful or Repeated

F. DeMinimis


Answer- D – Failure to Audit – FAILURE TO ABATE is the correct violation.

Explanation: A willful violation is defined as a violation in which the employer either knowingly failed to comply with a legal requirement (purposeful disregard) or acted with plain indifference to employee safety. A serious violation exists when the workplace hazard could cause an accident or illness that would most likely result in death or serious physical harm unless the employer did not know or could not have known of the violation. A Federal agency may be cited for a repeated violation if the agency has been cited previously for the same or a substantially similar condition and, for a serious violation, OSHA’s regionwide (see last page) inspection history for the agency lists a previous OSHA Notice issued within the past five years; or, for an other-than-serious violation, the establishment being inspected received a previous OSHA Notice issued within the past five years. A violation that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but is not serious in nature, is classified as “other-than-serious.” When you receive an OSHA Notice, you must post it (or a copy of it) at or near the place where each violation occurred to make employees aware of the hazards to which they may be exposed. The OSHA Notice must remain posted for 3 working days or until the hazard is abated, whichever is longer. (Saturdays, Sundays and Federal holidays are not counted as working days).

Follow-up Inspection and Failure to Abate

If you receive a Notice of Unsafe or Unhealthful Working Conditions, a follow-up inspection may be conducted to verify that you have done the following:

▪ Posted the OSHA Notice as required,
▪ Corrected the violations as required in the OSHA Notice, and/or
▪ Adequately protected employees and made appropriate progress in correcting the hazards during multi-step or
lengthy abatement periods.
▪ Any new violations discovered during a follow-up inspection will be cited, as well as any hazards which have not
been abated by the abatement date so specified on the OSHA Notice. The latter violations will be cited in the form of a Failure to Abate Notice.